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SAMJ: South African Medical Journal

On-line version ISSN 2078-5135
Print version ISSN 0256-9574


DHANRAJ, P; PITERE, R  and  PEPPER, M S. The impact of obesity on the cellular and molecular pathophysiology of COVID-19. SAMJ, S. Afr. med. j. [online]. 2021, vol.111, n.3, pp.211-214. ISSN 2078-5135.

Emerging evidence reveals a strong association between COVID-19 and obesity in terms of disease severity, need for hospitalisation and risk of mortality. In this review, we discuss cellular and molecular mechanisms potentially contributing to the pathophysiology of COVID-19 in obese patients. Understanding the relationship between COVID-19 and obesity is pertinent for the clinical management of these patients.

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