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Nearly two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers are learning more about why so many obese people are hospitalized and dying from the coronavirus — and that could have big implications for Michigan.[…]A study by Stanford University researchers offers new clues. It found that the virus penetrates fat cells, which can act something like a COVID-19 storage tank ─ and trigger a potentially fatal immune response in the body. While not yet peer reviewed, the study may shed light on why overweight patients are so vulnerable to the virus.[…] More than a third of Michigan adults are obese, 35 percent, and experts say the research underlines a critical need to address a health problem that crosses all demographies.