PARIS (1) – Being chubby is a major risk for individuals contaminated with the brand new coronavirus and the USA is significantly weak due to excessive weight problems ranges there, France’s chief epidemiologist stated on Wednesday.

Professor Jean-François Delfraissy, who heads the scientific council that advises the federal government on the epidemic, stated as many as 17 million of France’s 67 million residents have been critically at risk from the coronavirus due to age, pre-existing sickness or weight problems.

“This virus is horrible, it might probably hit younger individuals, in explicit overweight younger individuals. Those that are chubby actually have to be cautious,” Delfraissy informed franceinfo radio.

“That is why we’re fearful about our associates in America, the place the issue of weight problems is well-known and the place they are going to in all probability have probably the most issues due to weight problems.”

Delfraissy stated 88% of these contaminated with the coronavirus suffered solely extreme flu-like signs.

The mortality charge for younger individuals getting into hospital with extreme COVID-19 respiratory illness was about 2%, he stated, however that rose to 14% for people who find themselves extra fragile.

Regardless of the fast unfold of the virus in France, the nation is nonetheless removed from attending to the purpose the place 50% to 60% of the inhabitants has been contaminated and recovered and at which level a sure degree of “herd immunity” is reached, Delfraissy stated.

“Preliminary knowledge present that the quantity of people that could have developed immunity is decrease than we imagined, about 10-15%,” stated the veteran infectious illnesses specialist who has led French analysis into Ebola and AIDS.

He stated it was too quickly to finish France’s lockdown, which began March 17 and is set to final till no less than April 15.

The council’s advice was for strict confinement to proceed a number of weeks from now and that earlier than the lockdown may very well be unwound, stress on intensive care models (ICU) wanted to ease and the unfold of the virus sluggish.

On Tuesday, the variety of COVID-19 sufferers in ICU rose by simply 59 (1%) to 7,131 however the variety of confirmed and possible instances reported nationally jumped by a report 11,059 or 11% to 109,069 as an increasing number of nursing houses declared cumulative knowledge for the primary time.

A 3rd situation for ending the lockdown was having adequate shares of kit, Delfraissy stated, notably masks, testing kits and instruments for tracing contaminated sufferers.

French coronavirus testing capability has risen from 3,000 per day in mid-March to 30,000 every day now, and can rise to 100,000-250,000 per day in about two weeks, he stated.

Obesity has been cited as a attainable rationalization for increased than common per-capita COVID-19 loss of life charges within the U.S. metropolis of New Orleans and in Mexico.

Reporting by Geert De Clercq; Modifying by Hugh Lawson and Richard Lough

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