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Extra Weight Can Be a Deadly Complication When Fighting COVID-19

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Dr. Craig Mallak's work in the morgue tracking Broward County's COVID-19 deaths startled him so much he shed pounds that he didn't even need to lose.

"Obesity is a factor in a lot of cases," Mallak, Broward's chief medical examiner, said in an email. "Motivated me to lose 18 pounds in June, and I'm not overweight to start with."

The dominant message so far in the pandemic is that older people are the most at risk. That's true, but doctors on the front lines of South Florida's ...