Obese children hospitalized with coronavirus are THREE TIMES more likely to receive ventilation, study shows
- Researchers looked at 50 coronavirus pediatric patients hospitalized at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital
- Obesity was the most chronic health condition: 19 patients were obese or overweight
- 60% of obese pediatric patients with coronavirus have been characterized as ‘serious illness’
- About 67% of the obese children were placed on the respirators, compared to 20% of the non-obese children
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Children who are infected with the new coronavirus and who are overweight or obese are more likely to become seriously ill, a new study looking at 50 patients suggests.
Researchers at Irving Medical Center at Columba University found that obesity occurred in 60 percent of pediatric patients with “severe disease.”
In addition, obese children were three times more likely to be ventilated than children of average weight.
A new study found that 67% of obese coronavirus pediatric patients were placed on the ventilator, compared with 20% of nonobese children. Pictured: Jayden Hardowar, eight, from New York, who is not obese, was placed on a ventilator last month
About 60% of the obese pediatric patients with coronavirus have been characterized as “serious illness”. Pictured: Bobby Dean, nine, from Rochester, New York, who is not obese, was hospitalized this year with coronavirus
About 60% of the obese pediatric patients with coronavirus have been characterized as “serious illness”. Pictured: Josie Paskavan, nine, from Michigan, who is not obese, was hospitalized with the coronavirus
For the study, published in JAMA Pediatrics, the team examined 50 patients under the age of 21 who were admitted to NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital.
The median time between symptom development and hospitalization was approximately two days.
However, it was longer for adolescents (four days) compared to younger children and infants (one day).
The majority of patients – 80 percent – had fever or respiratory symptoms, but three patients had only gastrointestinal symptoms at diagnosis.
Obesity and obesity were 19 of the 50 patients the most chronic health condition in the children.
Researchers found that obese children older than two years were three times more likely to be placed on a ventilator.
About 67 percent of the obese children were placed on the respirators, compared to 20 percent of the non-obese children.
Several previous reports have shown that being overweight is a major risk factor for people sick with coronavirus.
A study of the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic, found that obese people were twice as likely to be hospitalized compared to the state population.
This means that obese people diagnosed with COVID-19 can put even greater pressure on already overwhelmed hospitals.
In addition, a recent one study from the University of Michigan School of Public Health found that obese adults who become infected with the flu are not only at greater risk of serious complications, but also remain infectious for longer.
This means that obesity is linked to an increased risk of flu transmission, and probably also to COVID-19, the disease caused by the new virus.
“The significance of obesity as an independent risk factor for severity is now increasingly described in studies of COVID-19 in adults, so it was interesting that many of the hospitalized patients in this study were obese and / or overweight,” the authors wrote.
Obesity was the most important factor in mechanical ventilation in children [two] years and older.
In the US, there are more than 1.8 million confirmed cases of the virus and more than 106,000 deaths.