those that are obese usually have associated heart and lung problems and take meds for them... this virus doesn't just attack the lung's but also stresses the heart.. and those that have died, didn't just die from pneumonia but also from "heart attacks" where their hearts just gave out.. early reports coming out of china talked about this also..
this is an excerpt from another post from the Virus Information/Update thread..
"We have not seen multi-organ system failure. Liver seems to react some, and maybe the kidneys too, but no florid failure. Except heart failure, we are seeing heart failure which is how the patients die.
Regarding the heart: we have patients who have normal functioning hearts and normal heart ultrasounds. Normal heart labs too. Then go into the described respiratory failure (but don't have shock, blood pressure is okay, no sepsis). Then they start looking good. They get off the Flolan, are turned over onto their backs, and weaned off the ventilator.
Then, 12 hours later they are suddenly in shock. Cold, clammy, and blood pressure drops and they need pressors (medication to keep the BP up). Their heart fails with the EF going from normal (55-70%) to **** at less than at 10%. Then they either develop a deadly arrhythmia like ventricular tachycardia, ventricular fibrillation, to pulseless electrical activity, to asystole in less than one day! Actually, the most common rhythm we see is asystole.
Therefore there appears to be a viral cardiomyopathic component (i.e. the virus seems to attack the heart directly later in the course)."
here's a link to the post so you can read it in it's entirety..
would say that we will probably be seeing a higher mortality rate among the "younger" populations than a lot of other countries because of this... not just with the heart problems associated with, but these obese "kid's" that have to use inhalers as well..