According to a major study of data collected from NHS hospitals, obesity raises the risk of dying from coronavirus by nearly 40 percent.
The research, based on 17,000 COVID-19 admissions, revealed that overall a third of Britons hospitalised with the life-threatening virus die.
Death rates were 37 percent higher among obese patients, second only to dementia (39 percent) but more than heart disease (31 percent).
What are the main symptoms of coronavirus?
According to the NHS, the main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- High temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- New, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal