Overweight – The Single Risk Factor in Covid Mortality Rate

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Authored by Alex Berenson via Unreported Truths (emphasis ours),

In 1981, doctors in New York and Los Angeles saw healthy young men sicken and die within months, their immune systems apparently destroyed.

The deaths set off a frantic search for the culprit. By 1983 virologists had identified a novel pathogen they would call Human Immunodeficiency Virus.

Over the next decade, scientists learned much more about HIV, which early on had a fatality rate close to 100 percent, worse even than Ebola or smallpox. Ultimately they tamed it – perhaps the greatest success for scientific and medical research in the late 20th century.

But the political story of AIDS is much trickier. Scientists realized quickly that gay men and intravenous drug users were at far higher risk of contracting HIV than the general public. But they feared people might not support funding for AIDS research – and stigmatize those groups further – if they explained that reality openly.

So they didn’t.

As Smithsonian Magazine reported in 2013:

“Federally-funded campaigns sought to address a large number of people from all backgrounds–male, female, homosexual or heterosexual. The America Responds to AIDS campaign, created by the CDC, ran from 1987 to 1996 and became a central part of the “everyone is at risk” message…”

The deception probably increased the public’s willingness to fund research. But it came with serious side effects. Smithsonian went on to explain:

“Some AIDS organizations, especially those providing service to communities at the highest risk for contracting HIV, saw the campaign as diverting money and attention away from the communities that needed it the most.”

It also caused needless fear in people at vanishingly low risk, especially heterosexual women.

Perhaps most important, it was fundamentally untrue.

That fact should matter to anyone who believes truth – even unpleasant truth – ought to drive public policy decisions.

Which brings us to COVID.

SARS-COV-2 isn’t even in the same time zone as HIV as a killer. But it is like HIV in one crucial way. It plays favorites.

After a year, most of us know that the elderly are at much higher risk from coronavirus (though even well-informed people may not be aware HOW much higher the risk is).

But what public health authorities have gone out of their way to obscure is how much obesity – especially severe obesity – drives the risk of the coronavirus in younger people.

In April, British researchers published a definitive paper on the subject in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, a peer-reviewed journal. The researchers examined the medical records of almost 7 million people in England to look at the link between obesity and severe outcomes from Covid, including hospitalization and death.

The topline findings show only a moderate link between extra weight and Covid risk. But when the researchers looked more closely, they found that’s because in older people, being overweight does NOT drive excess risk.

So the researchers divided the patients into four age ranges: 20-39, 40-59, 60-79, and over 80. They found that in the two younger groups – including adults up to age 60 – being obese was associated with nearly ALL the risk that Covid would lead to intensive care or death. The findings held even after they adjusted for many different potential confounding factors, like smoking, non-weight-related illnesses, and wealth.

The excess risk was extremely high even for people who weren’t morbidly obese – defined as a body-mass index of 40 or more. A person between 40 and 60 with a BMI of 35 – someone who is 230 pounds and 5’8” – had about five times the risk of dying of Covid of a person of normal weight. For younger adults, the excess risk was even higher, and for morbidly obese people even higher still.

In contrast, people of normal weight under 40 are at essentially no risk of death from Covid. The researchers found their rate to be under 1 in 10,000 per year. Even in the 40 to 59 age range, normal-weight adults had an annual risk well under 1 in 1,000.

The researchers did not include those stunning findings in the main body of the paper, only its appendix. Still, they were clear in their discussion about the overall results:

“Our findings from this large population-based cohort emphasise that excess weight is associated with substantially increased risks of severe COVID-19 outcomes, and one of the most important modifiable risk factors identified to date.

In fact, the findings suggest that for people under 60, weight loss would be the single best way to reduce the risk of Covid – probably even more than a vaccine (and with no side effects).

But of course you haven’t heard about this paper.

No one has. The public health establishment has decided that an honest discussion of who is really at risk from Covid might smack of victim-blaming – just as it did a generation ago with HIV.

This time, though, we haven’t just frightened a bunch of people at essentially no risk. Our viral lockdown theater has been far more destructive, for kids who have lost a year of school and everyone else. In one final irony, lockdown-related weight gain may have actually worsened the risks last year.

It’s long past time to tell the truth.

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Keith Beaudoin
Keith Beaudoin
1 year ago

You know what you know … until you’ve learned more … HIV 1&2, & agmSIV fragments are in SARS2 and are not naturally probable. At the beginning of SARS2 Spike protein, from genes #21694-21969, are CRISPR CAS_13d’d. Also, this is what the “Vaccine(s)” are made from. Interested yet?
This paper below was originally written in Feb2020. A Nobel laureate (2008) co-authored further paper w/this Author also. PS- Also of great interest he discovered HIV, in the mid-’80s.
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jean-Claude-Perez
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/342926066_COVID-19_SARS_and_Bats_Coronaviruses_Genomes_Peculiar_Homologous_RNA_Sequences_Jean_Claude_perez_Luc_Montagnier
look at Fig #2
PS-There is more Pangolin than Bat, or Civet as far as genes go. It’s not a Novel Virus. It is Chimera. And whoever is behind “this” has gone very far outside of themselves to cover this up! There’s no way to hide this truth, in the long run. Genes can not lie, people do.

Keith Beaudoin
Keith Beaudoin
1 year ago

You know what you know … until you’ve learned more … HIV 1&2, & SIV fragments are in SARS2 and are not naturally probable. At the beginning of SARS2 Spike protein, from genes #21694-21969, also this is what the “Vaccine(s)” are made from. Interested yet?
There is more Pangolin than Bat, or Civet as far as genes go. It is Chimera. There’s no way to hide this truth, in the long run. Genes can not lie, people do.
The”spam” filter on this blog is not allowing me to list the URL link to this evidence, because I have posted that here before in the past. But it is relevant. So the workaround here is to (maybe not google) use https://duckduckgo.com to search ” Jean Claude Perez § Luc Montagnier “. Find Fig.#2 and take a look at it. Then scroll, or actually read this one paper, please. This paper led me down a rabbit hole of over 300 papers, ~25,000 +pgs. I wonder since I’m not a Ph.D. Geneticists why these scientists are silient. I’m not sure there’s ever been more of a time in history to become very loud with knowledge.

anon
anon
1 year ago

https://www.thailandmedical.news/news/breaking-news-brazilian-variant-of-concern-the-gamma-or-p-1-variant-has-further-evolved-with-a-new-mutation-and-deletion-found-in-more-potent-second-g

“Breaking News! Brazilian Variant Of Concern-The Gamma Or P.1 Variant Has Further Evolved With A New Mutation And Deletion Found In More Potent Second Generation Variants!
Source: SARS-CoV-2 Variants Jul 04, 2021 1 day ago
More good news! The variant of Concern found in Brazil called the P.1 Strain or The gamma Strain has further evolved with its second generation variants now spotting a new mutation and also a deletion on its genome. These new mutations and deletions are making the newly emerging second generation variants even more transmissible and also evasive to the immune system.”

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“Thailand Medical News would also like to add that despite the advent of COVID-19 vaccines and ignorant virologist claiming that the virus will evolve to become weaker or that COVID-19 will become an ordinary endemic phenomena like the flu, the world is in for a rude shock. First SARS-CoV-2 is not going away anytime soon even with vaccines or so called herd immunity projections. Rather the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to last for at least another 6 years or more unless a proper combination of antivirals and therapeutics is identified or developed. A single therapeutic agent will only result in drug resistant strains developing. Also the surges will continue, each time with the advent of one or more potent variants emerging and becoming dominant in circulation and every new surge will result in a greater amount of infections and deaths than the previous. The pandemic will no longer also be a single pathogen that we are dealing with, rather every emerging variant is causing a new pandemic by itself and also we will be faced with a a major global health crisis arising from long COVID where the actual long term health and medical conditions will start to become more apparent including not just neurodegenerative diseases but also a variety of cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and oncological manifestations. Existing medical textbooks and protocols will no longer be valid. It is really going to be fun times ahead. Lets hope however that nasty countries like the United States, the United Kingdom, China, India, And Singapore (India and Singapore is where many of these American tech companies have their regional offices and where many of their locals are worshipping these filthy white garbage owners!) and nasty people like those from the giant pharmaceutical companies, politicians and the American tech companies and social media platforms and American mainstream media that have been trying to control the COVID-19 narratives will be worst affected!”