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Homosexuality, coronavirus infections and medical complications

Concerning homosexuality, coronavirus infections and medical complications, according to Cincinnati.com which is part of the USA Today network:

Over 100 different national organizations,including Whitman-Walker Health and SAGE, have signed a letter created by the LGBT Cancer Network to bring attention to several factors that could mean the LGBTQ community is at a greater risk of complications from COVID-19, including:
  • LGBTQ people smoke at rates 50% higher than the general population, which could be detrimental if a respiratory illness like COVID-19 is contracted.
  • Higher rates of HIV and cancer in the LGBTQ community means that a greater number of people may have compromised immune systems, which leaves them more vulnerable to COVID-19 infections.[1]

Lesbianism, obesity, coronavirus infections and medical complications

See also: Lesbianism and obesity

In April 2007, the American Journal of Public Health analyzed data from 2002 National Survey of Family Growth and the data suggested that American lesbian women were 2.69 times more likely to be overweight and 2.47 times more likely to be obese than all other female sexual orientation groups. [2]

In 2013, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reported that 75% of American lesbians are obese.[3][4] In April 2007, the American Journal of Public Health analyzed data from 2002 National Survey of Family Growth and the data suggested that American lesbian women were 2.69 times more likely to be overweight and 2.47 times more likely to be obese than all other female sexual orientation groups. [2] The abstract for this study indicated that "lesbians are at greater risk for morbidity and mortality linked to overweight and obesity." [2]

In 2009, the PubMed article abstract for the Polish psychiatry journal Psychiatria Polska article Body Image in Homosexual Persons declared:

Homosexual women are less concentrated on physical appearance and more satisfied with their bodies while being more tolerant to obesity.... For lesbian women the ideal body image is more massive than for heterosexual women.[5]

The article NYU scientists: Largest US study of COVID-19 finds obesity the single biggest 'chronic' factor in New York City's hospitalizations indicates:

Doctors at NYU Langone Health center conducted the largest study so far of US hospital admissions for COVID-19, focused on New York City. They found obesity, along with age, was the biggest deciding factor in hospital admissions, which may suggest the role of hyper-inflammatory reactions that can happen in those with the disease.[6]

The Jerusalem Post indicates:

Being obese could put you at greater risk for complications and even death from coronavirus, according to health experts...

One reason for this is that people who are obese tend to have comorbidities, such as diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia (abnormal amount of lipids), cardiovascular disease, stroke or gallbladder disease, according to Dr. Manfred Green, a public health expert at the University of Haifa...

According to Dr. Raz Hagoel, the founder and medical director of Dr. Raz Medical Weight Loss Center in Tel Aviv, the most obvious answer is that it is harder to intubate obese patients. Difficult tracheal intubation contributes to significant morbidity and mortality during induction of anesthesia, a report by the National Institute of Health showed. That same report highlighted that incidence of difficult intubation is 11% in obese people and 7% in lean people. Moreover, obese patients are difficult to mask-ventilate.

It is also “just harder for doctors and nurses to move these patients and do what is needed,” Hagoel said.[7]

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