Experts have long warned that being overweight is a major risk factor for coronavirus disease.
Healthcare professionals fear that the potential vaccine will not be able to protect overweight people and thus the general population.
Research in previous years has found that vaccines are less effective in the case of various viruses, as well as hepatitis B, in obese people, making them more susceptible to viruses and severe complications.
Therefore, researchers believe that a similar situation will be with the coronavirus vaccine, especially in the United States, which is the second country in the world in terms of obese people, and where the coronavirus has taken the largest number of victims.
– The big question is whether the vaccine will be effective in these people. It may work, but it may not be as effective, says Dr. Chad Petit, an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
However, Dr. Petit believes that something is better than nothing, and that obese people must receive the vaccine, although it may not be as effective as people who are not overweight.
“A little protection is better than no protection at all,” he explained.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 42.4 percent of the adult population in the United States is obese, as well as 18.5 percent of children.
Obesity has long been known as a risk factor for several chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart attack, and certain cancers.
Why is obesity dangerous for people with coronavirus?
Dr. Edita Stokic, director of KC Vojvodina, talked about it at one of the press conferences.
– Experience shows that obesity is a higher risk factor for more common disease than covid-19, and even with the increase in obesity there is an increase in the risk of hospitalization, receiving infectious care, or connecting mechanical ventilation, and even for higher mortality, the doctor explained and added:
– The European Association for Obesity (Obesity) pointed out that until the outbreak of the epidemic it was clear to us that obesity is a disease that is associated with the occurrence of numerous complications in this epidemic. This is something that we must take into account both for preventive measures, treatment, and because of the perspective when we will have the vaccine in our hands.