Overweight South Africans can take measures to protect themselves 

Scientists are still studying the COVID-19 pandemic to develop a vaccine and questions keep coming up about who is at risks and who is not.

While it is cautioned that all South Africans should take necessary precautions to avoid infection, one such question that has come up is whether people who are obese are more at are at risk of contracting COVID-19?

Studies from around the world show that individuals who have underlying medical conditions are substantially more at risk for developing serious COVID-19 disease. Either that or they suffer

complications requiring specialised hospital care.

The question is whether overweight South Africans should be concerned about what precautions to take as a measure to reduce their risks?

This is particularly important because the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that more than 53.8% – more than half – of South Africa’s adults are overweight or obese. It is also vital to address these concerns as a number of international studies show a link between obesity and serious COVID-19 infection.

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