Obese Britons may be forced to remain under lockdown even after restrictions are lifted in the UK.
Britain plans to treat “severely overweight” people as “vulnerable” along with those over the age of 70 and pregnant women, meaning they will need to remain in isolation after general lockdown, the Sun reports.
With almost one third of the country’s residents considered “obese”, the potential ramifications of the decision could be serious for many companies still dealing with the fallout of lockdown.
“Emerging data from around the world suggests there could possibly be a relationship between obesity and the impact of COVID-19 on individuals,” Health Secretary Matt Hancock said.
“It’s too early to say if obesity in itself is a factor or conditions associated with it — or there is not enough data yet to rule it out — so we need to approach any assumptions with caution.”
Britain has one of the highest rates of obese people in the western world, and the continued lockdown for vulnerable people may last up to a year.
A study of New York’s coronavirus patient population has found that 42 per cent were obese, lending further evidence to the claim that severely overweight people may be more susceptible to the virus.
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