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"Quarantine 15" not a joke according to doctors

"Quarantine 15" not a joke according to doctors
Posted at 6:27 AM, May 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-25 06:30:35-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The "Quarantine 15" joke storm has hit social media hard, but doctors say this is not something we should take lightly.

The joke refences gaining 15 pounds while stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, but this joke is more true than many realize.

In a recent poll by WebMD, half of the women and a quarter of men surveyed said they've gained some weight since state and countrywide lock downs started.

Studies show this is because people are eating worse (eating more desserts and meals loaded with carbs) and drinking more alcohol.

Doctors say this is especially dangerous for those who are already obese, and at a higher risk of the more severe conditions of COVID-19.