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The combined effects of the body’s microbiota working together with COVID-19 in the lungs could explain the severity of the disease in people with obesity and diabetes, according to a new article published today in eLife.

The review offers important mechanistic insights into why people with obesity and seem to be at increased risk of developing (SARS) after infection with the COVID-19 virus, and more often require hospitalization and ventilation.

“There is rapidly emerging evidence highlighting obesity and type 2 diabetes as key linked to severity of COVID-19