. The US Centers for Disease Control has just published a new study that investigates the health status of covid youths. In inpatients aged between and 18 years, obesity was present for more than 58% of cases. A third of the children (five to 01 years) hospitalized also had the problem. In these two age groups, more than 80% of the patients had some other health problem.
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Obesity young people stayed longer in hospital and needed more than advanced treatments like oxygen tube in the nose. The authors emphasize that the southern region of the United States, where the data were collected, has higher levels of obesity than other regions, so that, at least in part, this fact can provide an alternative explanation for the results. However, obesity as a risk factor has been clear since the beginning of the pandemic.
The CDC study also showed that among hospitalized children, coinfection was common, especially with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which is very common in babies. The authors report that the hospitalization rate for unvaccinated young people is ten times higher than for those vaccinated.