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Poor nutrition heavily influences COVID-19 death toll, studies find

Photo By Robert Tann/News21: Since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Sister Robin Haines, left, has been supplying her community in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with fresh, healthful food. “We’ve been able to bolster people not just physically, but also mentally and spiritually,” she says. 

By Robert Tann/News21

Even before COVID-19, America faced a crisis of poor nutrition aggravated by widespread food insecurity. Those underlying factors, researchers say, allowed the disease to decimate poor communities.

More than 42% of Americans are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly half of adults have hypertension

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