COVID-19 is proving to be a disease of the immune system. This could, in theory, be controlled.
There’s a big difference in how people handle this virus, which is very unusual. This degree of uncertainty has less to do with the virus itself than how our bodies respond to it. As doctors put it: “that’s not the virus; that’s the host.”
Variation in immune responses between people is due to much more than age or chronic disease. “Obesity and poor diet is emerging as one of the biggest risk factors for a severe response to Covid-19 infection that can no longer be ignored.” – Tim Spector, Professor of genetic epidemiology, King’s College, London and author of the Diet Myth.
Resent research shows that falling into an obese category increases not only the risk of a many diseases, including heart disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes, but also makes people more ill with Covid-19 (1,2). Obesity, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome associated with an up to 10-fold increase risk in death from COVID-19.