For months, scientists have been poring over data about cases and deathsto understand why it is that COVID-19 manifests itself in different ways around the world,with certain factors such as the age of the population repeatedly popping upas among the most significant determinants.
Now, one of the largest studies conducted of COVID-19 infection in the United Stateshas found that obesity of patients was the single biggest factorin whether those with COVID-19 had to be admitted to a hospital.
"The chronic condition with the strongest association with critical illness was obesity,with a substantially higher odds ratio than any cardiovascular or pulmonary disease,"write lead author Christopher M. Petrilli of the NYU Grossman School and colleagues in a paper,"Factors associated with hospitalization and critical illness among 4,103 patients with Covid-19 disease in New York City," which was posted April 11th on the medRxiv pre-print server.The paper has not been peer-reviewed, which should be kept in mind in considering its conclusions.
The NYU authors explore infer from obesity that there is a link to inflammation,which has been a topic of much speculation.Mary
The Health Ministry on Monday evening updated Israel's number of confirmed coronavirus cases to 11,586, including 183 in serious condition and 132 people on ventilators.
Another 162 people were in moderate condition, the ministry said, adding that 1,855 had recovered and that the rest were displaying mild symptoms. More than 7,000 of those diagnosed with the disease are being treated at home.
I think once the testing gets better like in India, we will see Israel cases rise also.