Run a mile, not a risk: physical activity trims chances of ...


Run a mile, not a risk: physical activity trims chances of severe Covid-19

Exercise may be ‘the single most important action’ one can take to prevent a severe case of the virus, say researchers

Senior features writer

Inactivity is the third biggest risk for developing severe Covid-19 and dying, after advanced age and a history of organ transplant, a large observation study in the US has found.

Covid-19 patients who were “consistently physically inactive” during the two years before the pandemic were 2.5 times more likely to die of Covid-19 and 73% more likely to need intensive care than those patients meeting the US guidelines for physical activity per week.

“After taking account of potentially influential factors, such as race, age and underlying medical conditions, patients with Covid-19 who were consistently physically inactive were more than twice as likely to be admitted to hospital as those who clocked up 150+ minutes of physical activity every week,” first author Dr Robert Sallis, in the department of Family and Sports Medicine at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in California, reported this week. (

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