When will obesity patients be vaccinated? What are the risks of obesity patients in corovirus?

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 – 15:06 | Last Updated: 16 02 2021 – 15:06

Turkey immunization efforts against coronaviruses in general, from the first days of 2021 are carried out in a planned way by giving priority to a variety of risks. Experts state that morbidly obese patients should be included among the priority groups for vaccination due to the risks, difficulties in their treatment and high mortality rates.

Vaccination studies against coronavirus continue. First of all, healthcare professionals at high risk and elderly individuals were included in the coronavirus vaccine program by the Ministry of Health Scientific Committee. Speaking about the vaccination program, general surgery specialist Associate Professor Hasan Erdem said, “Morbid obese individuals; “It should be included in the priority groups for vaccination because of the risks of this disease, the difficulties in its treatment and high mortality rates.”


Associate Professor Doctor Hasan Erdem said, “According to the classification of the World Health Organization, individuals with a body mass index of 40 kg / m² are called morbidly obese. In this case, it is known that obesity patients are more vulnerable to infections than healthy individuals. If COVID-19 is infected with obesity patients, the situation worsens, treatment becomes difficult and the risk of death increases in these patients. said.


Noting that there is a risky relationship between obesity and COVID-19, Assoc. Dr. Erdem said the following:

“The immune systems of obesity patients are weakened by various mechanisms. Excess adipose tissue in all internal organs, especially in the liver, and the musculoskeletal system prevents the metabolism from working regularly. In addition, the low lung capacity of these patients and the weakness of the immune system against the infection transmitted can also be treated. Obese individuals therefore suffer from COVID-19 more severely. Consider two individuals who are both 40 years old. One has healthy weight and the other has morbid obesity. , or even fatal. “


Ministry of Health Science Board; “Especially morbidly obese individuals should be in the priority group in vaccination studies.” proposing Assoc. Dr. Hasan Erdem gave the following information by citing the scientific researches:

“ According to the data announced by the Public Health England affiliated to the UK Ministry of Health in July 2020, the death rate of a person with a body mass index between 35-40 kg / m² may increase by 40 percent due to COVID-19, if the body If the mass index is 40kg / m² and above, the probability of this rate can reach up to 90 percent. Of course, we are about to complete our first year in the fight against the epidemic. One should not ignore the fact that obesity has a serious impact on mortality. “


Speaking about the issues to be considered in the fight against COVID-19, Assoc. Dr. Emphasizing the need to pay attention to dietary habits and adopt a lively lifestyle as much as possible, Erdem said, “We have been living with restrictions for about a year. We had to lock in homes and it was inevitable for the vast majority of us to gain weight in this process. However, in this process, we must learn various ways to take joint measures against both obesity and COVID-19. In particular, we should review our eating habits and take care to consume foods that strengthen the immune system. We have to bar ourselves with industrial ready-to-eat foods with excess calories and trans fat. In addition, we should definitely evaluate the curfews determined by the Ministry of Health for various risk groups and pay attention to walking, fresh air and exercise activities. ” He made recommendations.

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