Coronavirus: Severely obese warned they are among people most ‘at-risk’ from infection – Mirror Online


Posted: March 19, 2020 at 8:47 am

The severely obese are now included in a list of people deemed by the government to be most at-risk from coronavirus.

Anyone with a body mass index (BMI) score over 40 could be especially vulnerable to the killer infection which is wreaking havoc in the UK.

Boris Johnson today warned Brits to expect months of lockdown and isolations as the country seeks to limit the spread of coronavirus.

So far 55 people in the UK have died having suffered from Covid-19 that number is expected to increase in the coming days, weeks and months.

New public health safety measures put it place today could be in place for 18 months.

Previously, advice from the government largely said those who were older, vulnerable and had underlying health conditions were most at risk.

Today, they extended their risk warning to pregnant women for the first time, as well as those severely overweight.

Mr Johnson announced that those in vulnerable groups - including all those over 70 - would be asked to avoid contact by isolating except in very specific circumstances.

Now, a full list of those classes as more at risk has been issued.

They include:

The advice went on to say there were some people who were at an even greater risk of "severe illness" from COVID-19.

People in this category are:

The government has advice here on how anyone with concerns who may be at risk should socially distance themselves - and how they can manage while in isolation.

The PM added earlier: "This advice about avoiding all social contact is particularly important for people over 70, for pregnant women and for those with some health conditions."

It could mean avoiding social contact for 12 weeks, with entire households now being asked to self-isolate for 14 days if just one member has symptoms.

Public Health England chief medical officer Chris Whitty described the new guidance for those more at risk as "absolutely critical".

Prof Whitty said: "The group of people who we would want to take this advice particularly seriously are older people above 70, people who in adult life would normally be advised to have the flu vaccination.

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