Physical activity helps reduce the risk of severe Covid-19 consequences

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Data from more than 103,337 adult patients diagnosed with COVID-19 from the Fontana, California, Permanente Medical Center, Southern California Permanente Medical Group were analyzed by scientists from the University of California San Diego and the Department of Economics at Pomona College, Claremont, California. They compared the hospitalization rate, intensive care unit admission rate, and mortality rate of patients grouped by physical activity level.

They identified 48,440 patients diagnosed with Covid-19 between January 2020 and October 2020 who had been assessed on their physical activity level at least three times in the past two years before March 18, 2020. They then related each patient's previous physical activity level to rates of hospitalization, intensive care admissions, and mortality after diagnosis. Physical activity level was classified into consistently inactive (0-10 min of weekly physical activity), somewhat active (11-149 min of physical activity/week), or active (more than 150 min of weekly physical activity). They then performed a multiple regression analysis controlling for demographics and known risk factors to assess whether the physical inactivity was associated with the consequences of having Covid-19.

The results showed that consistently inactive patients had a higher rate of hospitalization, intensive care admission, and higher risk of death from Covid-19 than those who were active and meeting the 150 min weekly physical activity recommended by the World Health Organization.

The scientists concluded that meeting the physical activity recommendations is strongly associated with a lower risk of severe consequences of Covid-19, so they recommend physical activity as a preventive treatment and incorporate physical activity into medical and health care routines.

So if you are looking to protect yourself and your family, and increase the body's defenses and strengthen the immune system, your whole family should be physically active for at least 150 minutes a week, divided into three days. Activities such as walking, running, swimming, climbing, dancing are recommended, as well as sports activities such as karate and gymnastics.

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You can view the full report of the study at this link.

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