Why a COVID-19 Vaccine Might Not Be Too Effective in The US

Why a COVID-19 Vaccine Might Not Be Too Effective in The US

Things are horrible regarding how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the US. With over 5.3 million infected people and more than 168,000 deaths, the US is the most affected country in the world by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. While we’re not here to claim otherwise, it must be said that another epidemic is ruining the lives of many Americans.

There is still a bright side in the American horror scenario of the COVID-19 disease, however: medical staffs around the country recovered more than 2.7 million patients.

COVID-19 vaccine hampered by the obesity epidemic

Whether we like to admit it or not, obesity is a major problem in the USA. Furthermore, scientists believe that vaccines for COVID-19 granted for obese adults would be less effective than for those who don’t suffer from this disease. The same thing happens in the case of obese people vaccinated for influenza, hepatitis B, tetanus and rabies. There is little reason to believe that it will be different in the case of vaccines for COVID-19.

Raz Shaikh, who is an associate professor of nutrition at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, put it simple:

“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.”

In the States, there are approximately 107 million obese adults. This number is huge if we just consider that the total American population is over 331 million people, as worldometers.info reveals for August 2020.

The most affected American states by the ongoing pandemic are California, Florida, Texas, and New York. Each of them has over 450,000 infected people, while New York has the biggest death toll: more than 32,000 deaths. On the other hand, the least affected states from the US are Hawaii, Wyoming, and Vermont.


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