A deskbound lifestyle is associated with more unadorned COVID-19 infection and an increased risk of dying from the viral disease, according to a large-scale study. Scholars, including those from the University of California San Diego, found that COVID-19 patients in the US who were constantly inactive during the two years preceding the pandemic were more likely to be admitted to hospital.

It is prominent that being steadily inactive was a stouter risk factor for severe COVID-19 outcomes than any of the underlying medical conditions and risk factors identified by (The Centers for Disease Control) except for age and a history of organ transplant. Physical inactivity was the strongest risk factor across all outcomes, compared with the commonly cited modifiable risk factors, including smoking, obesity, diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), cardiovascular disease and cancer.

To compare hospitalization rates, intensive care unit (ICU) admissions and mortality for patients with COVID-19 who were reliably inactive, doing some activity or consistently meeting physical activity guidelines. The researchers recognized 48 440 adult patients with a COVID-19 diagnosis from 1 January 2020 to 21 October 2020, with at least three exercise vital sign measurements from 19 March 2018 to 18 March 2020. They linked each patient’s self-reported physical activity category to the risk of hospitalization, ICU admission and death after COVID-19 diagnosis. As part of the conclusion from the research, patients with COVID-19 who were consistently inactive had a greater risk of hospitalization and death due to COVID-19 than patients who were consistently meeting physical activity guidelines.

Consistently meeting physical activity guidelines is strongly associated with a reduced risk for severe COVID-19 outcomes among infected adults. It is highly recommended to promote physical activities and incorporate into routine medical care.


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