Coronavirus: Two New York University studies looking at 8,000 patients found being over 65 or having a BMI above 30 were the biggest risk factors for COVID-19 admissions

Obesity is the biggest ‘chronic’ risk factor for coronavirus hospitalizations, largest US study of COVID-19 finds [LINK].

Old and obese people are more likely to be hospitalised with the coronavirus than cancer or lung disease patients, research suggests.

Two New York University studies looking at 8,000 patients found being over 65 or having a BMI above 30 were the biggest risk factors for COVID-19 admissions.

In one paper, researchers found almost half (46 per cent) of all patients hospitalised with coronavirus were aged 65 or over.

The scientists concluded ‘advanced age was by far the most important predictor of hospitalisation’.