Who is Most Contagious?
We Actually Had the Data on This Prior to Covid
“Recent evidence indicates that a large obese population increases the chance of appearance of more virulent viral strain, prolongs the virus shedding throughout the total population and eventually may increase overall mortality rate of an influenza pandemic.”1
I assumed at the onset of the pandemic that the this information was critical. Why? Considering BOTH influenza and coronaviruses are enveloped, single-straned RNA, and both are encapsulated by nucleoprotein and both primarily spread by aerosols.
Early on I was presenting studies on social media showing concerning evidence that in the sickly, inflamed and obese body, the influenza virus can be tricky. I suspected the same for SARS COV2. We now have the data backing this hypothesis up.
I was met with a LOT of vitriol and venom when I suggested that this might hold true for SARS COV2 as well.
We learned from early data coming out of China that obesity had been identified as an independent risk factor for increased disease severity and mortality with Covid19. This has come to be known as FACT and countless studies and the data have proven it to be true.
In fact we now know that, SARS COV2 DIRECTLY INFECTS FAT CELLS and turns on their inflammation as well.2