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Viral load: excess weight raises risk of coronavirus complications

Biggest study yet of how virus exploits age, sex and underlying conditions throws light on crucial ‘cytokine storm’

Steve Bird

Being overweight has emerged as one of the most important risk factors in getting admitted to hospital with severe forms of coronavirus, the biggest study of British people with the disease will say.

This publication understands that analysis of 15,100 people admitted to hospital across the UK has identified how carrying excess weight increases the likelihood that severe complications will develop from Covid-19.

Scientists from three universities have analysed data obtained from Covid-19 patients to draw up the most comprehensive profile yet of how the virus exploits age, sex and underlying health conditions...

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