We recognise the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic on people’s
lives around the world, and while people with diabetes and/or obesity
are not at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 than the general
population, COVID-19 can cause more severe symptoms and complications
in some people living with diabetes, obesity and related
complications, for example cardiovascular disease.
Currently, there is no evidence regarding the increased risk of
COVID-19 infection in people with obesity. Evidence suggests that for
common seasonal flu, people with obesity with BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2 have an
increased risk of serious complications. US CDC and Public Health UK
include people with severe obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2) as those who have
an increased risk of serious complications from COVID-19.
If diabetes is well-managed, the risk of serious illness from
COVID‑19 is about the same as the general population.