I have been reading in the press about how being obesity can increase the severity of the disease. An article in Wired, Covid-19 Does Not Discriminate by Body Weight (17 April, 2020), seems to indicate this isn’t the case.

Is there enough data to point the evidence in either direction?

  • Apologies if phrasing of the question isn’t great. I’m foreign. – Anansias Apr 24 '20 at 5:48
  • Welcome to Skeptics.SE! The phrasing looks fine to me apart from the title ("increases" should just be "increase"). You say you've read in the press that obesity makes COVID-19 more severe; could you provide a link to one of the articles that claims that? – F1Krazy Apr 24 '20 at 7:24
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    The available evidence is poor quality data, everyone regurgitating on preprints of often dubious quality. Yet, I'm sure we'll see one of these used for an upvoted A of seemingly advanced cherry picking here. (They now do hail-to-the-chief 'meta-analytic systematic reviews on preprints'. It's just a disgrace all around) – LangLаngС Apr 24 '20 at 9:43
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    @LangLangC: I think you might be jumping the gun to lament the terrible quality of a hypothetical answer that has not been posted. You have a point that this is a scientist reviewing pre-prints and early results. Should this be closed as "still being researched"? – Oddthinking Apr 24 '20 at 13:47
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    @Oddthinking I'd say so, based on experience. But VtC, absent a more uniform policy feels awkward either. Btw, I had asked about a similar idea in the Hub. 'Distancing' isn't enforced there ;) The problem here is that we define a cut-off date (now) but have to wait for what we want as evidence in As (as rules says OR is not allowed, and mere 'expert opinion' is inflationary & debased atm). That never stops other bladerunners to use such a preprint-level ref to distort the field here, since UVs will follow as long as it looks like the cargo should arrive. – LangLаngС Apr 24 '20 at 15:06

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