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Is obesity a risk factor for COVID-19 infection?

Recently published data indicates that people with obesity are not only at greater risk of being infected by COVID-19, but also have poorer progression and higher rates of hospitalisation. Furthermore, there tends to be a high percentage of people with obesity in Intensive Care Units, which is related to a higher risk of mortality. Why are people with obesity more vulnerable to infections and complications?

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