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COVID-19 Patients With Obesity Have Higher Viral Load, for Longer

Patients with COVID-19 and obesity (body mass index [BMI] > 30 kg/m2) have a higher viral load and the virus seems to persist for longer in such individuals, according to novel data exploring how contagious patients are in those with both COVID-19 and obesity.

Dror Dicker, MD, from Hasharon Hospital, Petah Tikva, Israel, briefly presented preliminary results of his work at the opening plenary of this year's virtual European and International Congress on Obesity (ECOICO) 2020. 

Addressing whether patients with obesity are more contagious than those without, Dicker explained his research shows individuals with a BMI > 30 kg/m2 had COVID-19 statuses that became negative 5 days later than those with a BMI < 25 kg/m2, which is considered a healthy weight.

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