Guilford County Schools Fall 2020 staff handbook omits obesity as Covid-19 higher risk but quotes CDC, Educators fail to educate, Legal negligence
“Having obesity, defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above, increases your risk of severe illness from COVID-19.”…CDC
“Severe obesity puts those with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) at particularly high risk of death, more so than related risk factors such as diabetes or hypertension”… Kaiser Permanente study
“This is a wake up call. About 42% of adults in the U.S. are considered obese. This puts people at a highrer risk for Covid-19 complications and other health issues.”…Citizen Wells
“Long before Covid-19 happened, we already had an epidemic in the US.
The elephant in the room.
Nobody wants to talk about it including the fake news media.
Recently I learned of the death from Covid-19 of a young woman in her mid twenties. The mother stated that her daughter had no pre existing conditions.
The photo of the young woman appeared to reveal that she was overweight.”
The staff working at public schools are a subset of the US population.
Many are obese.
Many concerns and questions have been offered as schools around the country reopen.
Masks are required as well as social distancing and extra cleaning measures.
The Guilford County NC (Greensboro) school system, one of the largest in the nation, produced a handbook for their staff.
Fall 2020 Staff Handbook.
“Persons at Higher Risk
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), persons at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 include people 65 years and older, people with underlying medical conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, asthma, diabetes, kidney disease requiring dialysis, people with liver disease and people with compromised immune systems. ”
Why did they leave out obesity?
From the CDC website:
People of any age with the following conditions are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19:
- Chronic kidney disease
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
- Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 or higher)
- Serious heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus”
This is not only a concern for school staff, but for the family members of children.
Are they being educated???
From Houston Methodist.
“A person’s weight alone can increase his or her risk
By now, you’ve likely heard that older adults and people with underlying health conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease, are more vulnerable to developing a severe case of COVID-19.
But, even if you feel healthy, just being heavily overweight can increase your risk of severe illness as well.
“In fact, obesity is the number one risk factor for developing a severe case of COVID-19 in people under the age of 55,” warns Dr. Stephens. “People don’t always see obesity as abnormal, since it’s quite prevalent, but it’s important to know if your weight is putting you at risk for COVID-19, as well as other health conditions.”
A person is considered obese if he or she has more body fat than what’s considered healthy for his or her height. A quick measurement called body mass index (BMI) is used as a screening tool for obesity.
“Having a BMI of 30 or higher increases a person’s risk of developing a severe case of COVID-19 by 27%,” Dr. Stephens says. “And a BMI of 40 or higher doubles a person’s risk.””
KAISER STUDY: SEVERE OBESITY BOOSTS RISK OF COVID-19 DEATH, ESPECIALLY FOR THE YOUNG
“Severe obesity puts those with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) at particularly high risk of death, more so than related risk factors such as diabetes or hypertension, according to a study of patient records that researchers from Kaiser Permanente published today.”
“This risk was most striking among those aged 60 years or younger and men,” the authors wrote.”
“Not only does being severely obese make it harder to breathe, but the adipose tissue fuels mechanisms that act like magnets for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the COVID-19.”
Educators not educating!