Habeeb told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin on Friday that fat people were more likely to have other diseases that were independent risk factors for severe COVID-19 than average-weight persons.
Habeeb said that fat people have baseline respiratory issues that worsens COVID-19 naturally.
“Someone with obesity is already at risk of respiratory compromise and we already know that COVID-19 affects the respiratory system majorly.
“Therefore, predisposing the already compromised system would further jeopardise the person’s health,’’ he said.
“These group of people cope poorly with COVID-19 infection.
“The biology of obesity includes impaired immunity, chronic inflammation and blood that’s prone to clot, all of which can worsen COVID-19,’’ he said. (NAN)