NEW DELHI: A large-scale study conducted by researchers found out that there is a strong correlation between lifestyle and developing severe COVID 19 symptoms and death caused by the disease. A sedentary lifestyle, according to the study is associated with the likelihood of being severely infected and death caused by this deadly virus.
Researchers from the University of California San Diego in the United States found that the patients affected by the coronavirus who were largely inactive two years prior to the onset of the pandemic were more likely to be admitted to the hospital.
Compared to the patients who are physically active, the patients who require intensive care and die are the ones who are physically inactive.
According to the study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, the only conditions which prove to be of a higher risk factor than physical inactivity are old age and a history of organ transplant. Read more
The researchers stated, "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."
According to the researchers, the factors identified for severe COVID-19 infection are old age, male sex, diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. Although physical inactivity is not mentioned, it s a contributor to the underlying factors responsible for developing severe infection and even death.
The researchers found out that people who are physically inactive are twice as likely to be admitted to the hospital as compared to people who at least put up 150 minutes of physical exercise every week. Read more
Meanwhile, according to the Union Home Ministry data, India reports the highest ever single-day spike in the cases of COVID 19 with 1,84,372 fresh cases. The cases have been going in an upward spiral for the 35th consecutive day. The total tally of caseload as of Wednesday amounts to 1,38,73,825 while India crosses the 13 lakhs mark of active caseloads.
We as a society must collectively take action by following the COVID 19 protocols as well as cooperate with the front-line healthcare workers who are relentless in their fight against this deadly disease.
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