Largest COVID-19 study outside China: symptom ‘clusters,’ obesity risk – Business Insider

In the largest-ever study of hospitalized coronavirus patients outside China, 26% of patients died and less than half had left the hospital alive by May 3.Unlike in previous studies of this scale, the researchers identified obesity as a risk factor for severe illness or death.Symptoms appeared in “clusters,” like respiratory issues or digestive distress, and many patients had no cough or fever.Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Obesity could make coronavirus patients more vulnerable to severe illness, and symptoms may appear in clusters.In the largest study to date of coronavirus patients outside China, published Friday in the medical journal the BMJ, researchers analyzed data from 20,133 patients hospitalized across the UK.The study identified four major risk factors that can make a person more susceptible to severe illness or death
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