Physical inactivity is associated with a higher risk for severe COVID-19 outcomes: a study in 48,440 adult patients.
To compare hospitalization rates, intensive care unit (ICU) admissions and mortality for patients with COVID-19 who were consistently inactive, doing some activity or consistently meeting physical activity guidelines.
We identified 48,440 adult patients with a COVID-19 diagnosis from Jan 1, 2020 to October 21, 2020, with at least three exercise vital sign measurements from March 19, 2018 to March 18, 2020. We linked each patient’s self-reported physical activity category (consistently inactive = 0–10 min/ week, some activity = 11–149 min/week, consistently meeting guidelines = 150+ min/week) to the risk of hospitalization, ICU admission and death after COVID-19 diagnosis.
Patients with COVID-19 who were consistently inactive had a greater risk of hospitalization, admission to the ICU and death due to COVID-19 than patients who were consistently meeting physical activity guidelines.
Patients who were consistently inactive also had a greater risk of hospitalization, admission to the ICU and death due to COVID-19 than patients who were doing some physical activity.
Consistently meeting physical activity guidelines was strongly associated with a reduced risk for severe COVID-19 outcomes among infected adults. We recommend efforts to promote physical activity be prioritized by public health agencies and incorporated into routine medical care.
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