CLEVELAND, Ohio — A study found poor exercise habits could put someone at greater risk for severe COVID-19, while a survey identified six unhealthy eating habits that have arisen during the pandemic.
Cleveland.com is rounding up some of the most notable coronavirus news making headlines online. Here’s what you need to know for Thursday, April 15:
Poor exercise habits could heighten risk for severe COVID-19
A lack of physical activity can increase someone’s risk for developing severe COVID-19 symptoms or dying from the disease, according to a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
The study, which reviewed outcomes for 48,880 adults, found those who exercised very little in the two years before they were infected were twice as likely to be admitted to a hospital. They were also 2 1/2 times more likely to die of COVID-19 complications, according to the study.
Lack of exercise has been linked to a greater risk for chronic health issues like obesity, heart disease and diabetes, and those pre-existing conditions have been linked to a higher risk of severe illness from the virus, according to the study.
Survey links pandemic to increase in six unhealthy eating habits
The pandemic has resulted in an increase of six unhealthy eating habits, according to a survey conducted by University of Minnesota researchers. Respondents to the survey reported a range of unhealthy eating habits, including increased food consumption, mindless snacking, eating to cope, a decrease in appetite, reductions in dietary intake, and a re-emergence or marked increase in eating disorder symptoms.
Approximately 14% of respondents reported binge eating. Another 8% reported extremely unhealthy weight control behaviors, while 53% reported less-extreme unhealthy weight control behaviors, the survey found.
CDC reports identify racial, ethnic disparities in COVID-19 hospitalizations
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a pair of studies which identified racial and ethnic disparities during the pandemic. The studies were published Monday in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
One study found Hispanic patients accounted for the highest percentage of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 across every region of the U.S.
Another study examined coronavirus-related emergency room visits in 13 states from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31. It found Hispanic, Native American and Alaska Native people were 1.7 times more likely to visit an emergency room than white people; while Black people were 1.4 times more likely to visit an ER than white people.
Researchers said the data shows non-white patients were at a higher risk of exposure to the virus, likely due to occupational, housing and socioeconomic conditions. They were also at higher risk for severe disease.
U.S. begins clinical trial for monoclonal antibody to treat COVID-19
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases announced it is beginning Phase 2 of a clinical trial to investigate whether a monoclonal antibody intended to treat COVID-19 is safe and effective. The treatment would be used in patients hospitalized with respiratory disease and low blood oxygen, the NIH said in a statement.
The monoclonal antibody could help temper the immune system’s response to an infection, and help prevent severe immune reactions such as a cytokine storm, the NIH said.
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