COVID-19 Patients With Sedentary Habits Prone To More Acute Symptoms: Study

Researchers have found that lack of exercise in patients affected by the deadly coronavirus is further linked to an increased risk of death. Published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, the aim of the research was to compare hospitalization rates, intensive care unit (ICU) admissions, and mortality of patients with COVID-19 who were consistently inactive, practicing activity or consistently following physical activity guidelines. . As part of the study, researchers identified 48,440 adult patients with a diagnosis of COVID-19 from January 1, 2020 to October 21, 2020. These patients had at least three vital signs measurements at exercise from March 19, 2018 to 18th March, 2020.

Exercise May Reduce Risk of Death from COVID-19

Researchers linked each patient’s self-reported physical activity category to the risk of hospitalization, ICU admission, and death after being diagnosed with COVID-19. As part of the research, researchers performed multivariate logistic regression controlling for demographics and known risk factors. This helped assess whether inactivity was associated with the results of COVID-19.

It appeared that patients with COVID-19, who were consistently inactive, had a higher risk of hospitalization, ICU admission, and death, compared to patients who consistently followed activity guidelines. physical. Additionally, patients who were consistently inactive had a higher risk of hospitalization, ICU admission, and death from COVID-19 than patients who engaged in physical activity. It was then concluded that consistent adherence to physical activity guidelines was strongly associated with a reduced risk of severe COVID-19 results in infected adults. The researchers said, “We recommend that efforts to promote physical activity be prioritized by public health agencies and integrated into routine medical care.”

Sun rays to prevent deaths from COVID-19

Another study found that increased exposure to sunlight, especially UVA, could lead to fewer deaths from COVID-19. According to experts, this can act as a simple public health intervention. As part of the study, researchers compared all recorded deaths in the United States from Covid-19, from January to April 2020. This was done with UV levels in mind for 2474 US counties for the same period.

The researchers looked at factors associated with increased exposure to the virus and the risk of death. Factors included age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, population density, air pollution, temperature, and infection levels in local areas. It was then concluded that people living in areas with the highest level of UVA exposure had a lower risk of dying from the deadly coronavirus, compared to those with lower levels. The analysis was repeated in England and Italy and the results were the same.

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