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Scientists have found an easy way to prevent severe COVID-19

Research has long shown that regular exercise has many health benefits, such as helping to prevent high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. Researchers now say regular physical activity can help protect against the severe course of COVID-19. Writes about it CNBC.

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In a new study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, experts and doctors from the Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center in Southern California, the University of California, San Diego and other institutions found that patients with COVID-19 who regularly played sports before they became ill less at risk of hospitalization, severe illness and death.

The study looked at data from nearly 50 adult patients in California from January to the end of October 000.

To measure the level of activity, the researchers asked each patient to indicate how many minutes they exercise each week. After analyzing the weekly physical activity and course of COVID-19, the researchers found that patients who were constantly inactive (less than 10 minutes per week) had a greater risk of hospitalization, admission to an intensive care unit, and death than those who exercised for 150+ minutes. in Week.

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“Even after we took into account variables such as obesity and smoking in the analysis, we still saw that inaction was strongly associated with much higher chances of hospitalization, admission to intensive care, and death, compared with moderate physical activity,” he said. Dr. Robert Sallis, family and sports medicine physician at Kaiser Permanente Fontana, who conducted the study.

When it comes to exercise, Sallis suggests following physical activity guidelines.

"Adults should engage in 150 to 300 minutes per week of moderate-intensity physical activity or 75 to 150 minutes per week of high-intensity aerobic physical activity," he said.

Among other things, Sallis noted that even a basic recommended level of exercise, "such as walking 30 minutes a day, five days a week, is enough to help your body fight various diseases, including COVID-19."

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The researchers recommend that efforts to promote physical activity become a priority for health authorities and be incorporated into day-to-day health care.

Another study published by the National Institutes of Health in June links regular exercise to boosting immune responses, which could be a tool in the fight against COVID-19.

However, exercise intensity can make a big difference, according to another study published in March, which found that people who walk slowly are almost four times more likely to die from COVID-19 than those who walk fast. The study involved over 400 middle-aged adults in the UK.

“We already know that obesity and weakness are key risk factors for poor COVID-19 outcomes. This is the first study to show that slowly walking people have a much higher risk of serious COVID-19 effects, regardless of their weight, ”Tom Yates, lead researcher and professor of physical activity at the University of Leicester, told the press.

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