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2 young Thai women suffering from obesity die after contracting Covid-19

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A 24 year old and a 29 year old both died this week after contracting Covid-19. The deaths of the 2 young women were rare as the vast majority of Covid-related deaths involve those over 60 who have pre-existing conditions such as diabetes and chronic illnesses. Not much was reported about the young Thai women who recently passed away, but doctors say the women were both obese.

Bangkok Hospital says diabetes and obesity can lead to more severe Covid-19 infections and says keeping up with a healthy weight “can significantly reduce risks of developing serious complications in case of infection.”

People with obesity presenting with extremely high Body Mass Index (BMI) may have lower lung volume and limited lung expansion, resulting in an increased risk of respiratory complications when they have a lung infection.

The 24 year old Thai vendor in Phatthalung went to an entertainment venue on April 7. Another visitor later tested positive for Covid-19. On April 16, the woman reported symptoms of a fever, sore throat, and cough. The next day, she developed lung inflammation and shortness of breath. She tested positive for Covid-19. The inflammation became more severe and her blood oxygen level dropped. She died on Tuesday.

The other woman, a 29 year old in Samut Prakan, just southeast of Bangkok, came in contact with a confirmed case on April 10. 2 days later, she reported shortness of breath and cough with excessive phlegm. She tested positive for Covid-19 on April 16 and was admitted to the hospital 2 days later. She developed lung inflammation and infection. She died on Thursday after suffering from heart failure.

Health officials say both women suffered from obesity.

SOURCES: Bangkok Hospital | Bangkok Post

 

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    toby andrews

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    Gluttony is a love that dare not speak its name. Oscar Wild – I think.
    And obesity is fast approaching the same protection as wimmin, black, queer, and trans gender.
    However Covid 19 is immune to these controls, and kills obese persons and allows normal weight persons to survive.
    Nature is so cruel.

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    Geoff

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 6:22 am

    They might have added that obesity results in high blood pressure, which can be deadly without other problems. With Covid….

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    Slugger

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 12:43 pm

    Thanks Doc. We did wonder what Mr Andrews was talking about.

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    Paul

    Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 2:53 pm

    It’s true. I have two family members who are obese, one in their late 20s, the other in their mid 50s. Both had a really hard time with covid, with the eldest ending up in intensive care with double pneumonia etc.
    Those family members with a healthy weight shook it off within a week, apart from myself, it took me out for 2 weeks, but I am older.

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    Toby Andrews

    Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 11:42 am

    @Slugger – You wonder what most posts here are talking about.

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