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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 14-17

Obesity and COVID-19

Department of Surgery, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi, India

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Arun Prasad
Department of Minimal Access, Bariatric and Robotic Surgery, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/am.am_78_20

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The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has affected the global population. More and more studies are emerging that are showing the increased susceptibility of the obese to this infection. The adipose tissue along with the low-grade inflammation sets the background for a severe infection in most of the infected obese people. They have a longer hospital stay, increased chances of requiring ventilatory support, and also a higher mortality rate. We do a short review of some of the recent articles studying obesity and COVID-19 infection. While extra care and precautions have to be taken with the obese getting infected with this virus, there is an increased need to highlight the disease of obesity and the ways to fight it. Diet, exercise, medications, and endoscopic and bariatric surgeries would need to be seen in a new light during and after this pandemic.

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