We have all seen how fast the new coronavirus spreads, so researchers are looking for a vaccine, and they’re doing all in their power to find one fast. There are more than 150,000 people in the United States who have died from COVID-19.
Researchers from Emory University are currently working with another team in order to find the vaccine. Their results are positive, but they need to be 100% sure of it, so they need to work more on it. But even if they find a vaccine, it might not really work for everyone.
Apparently, in the US, the idea of the vaccine is “hampered by a vexing epidemic that long preceded Covid-19: obesity.” According to studies, flu, hepatitis B, tetanus, and rabies vaccines are not as effective in obese adults in comparison to the general population. They have reasons to believe that the coronavirus vaccine will be a no different story.
Raz Shaikh, from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, said, “Will we have a COVID vaccine next year tailored to the obese? No way. Will it still work in the obese? Our prediction is no.”
About 30 to 35% of Georgia’s adults are obese – their BMI (body mass index) is 30 or higher.
Initially, people have been warned that those who are morbidly obese, with a BMI of 40, had the highest risk of having a more severe experience with the virus. Then, the warning applied to people with a BMI of 30 or more.
So how does this affect the vaccine?
According to scientists, “A healthy immune system turns inflammation on and off as needed, calling on white blood cells and sending out proteins to fight infection. Vaccines harness that inflammatory response. But blood tests show that obese people and people with related metabolic risk factors such as high blood pressure and elevated blood sugar levels experience a state of chronic mild inflammation; the inflammation turns on and stays on.”