Laziness and severe COVID-19 infections related

Coronavirus patients with sedentary lifestyle more vulnerable claims study

Researchers, including those from the University of California San Diego, found that COVID-19 patients in the United States who were consistently inactive during the two years preceding the pandemic were more likely to be admitted to hospital.

Used at every outpatient visit at Kaiser Permanente since 2009, exercise vital sign measurements include average number of days a week of moderate to strenuous exercise and duration of that exercise.

For the study, the team identified 48,440 adults with a Covid-19 diagnosis from January 1, 2020, to October 21, 2020.

A recent study of almost 50,000 coronavirus patients found that those who were consistently inactive were at greater risk of death due to the virus than those who engaged in exercise. Researchers then compared hospitalization rates, intensive care unit (ICU) admissions and mortality rate for patients who were consistently inactive, doing some activity, or consistently meeting physical activity guidelines.

"We know physical inactivity is one the greatest causes of death and disease globally and the UK's activity levels are not where they should be, weakening us against Covid-19".

"It is notable that being consistently inactive was a stronger 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", the researchers said.

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The pre-existing conditions most associated with severe Covid-19 infection are advanced age, being male, and having diabetes, obesity or cardiovascular disease.

The patients' average age was 47, with almost two thirds of them being women (62 per cent).

Around half had no underlying illnesses, such as diabetes, chronic lung conditions, heart or kidney disease, or cancer.

People physically inactive for at least two years before the pandemic were more likely to be hospitalised, to require intensive care, and to die, researchers reported Tuesday in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

They were also 73 percent more likely to require intensive care, and 2.5 times more likely to die due to the infection.

"What surprised me the most from this study was the strength of the association between inactivity and poor outcomes from Covid-19", said Deborah Rohm Young from the Kaiser Permanente Southern California.

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