Regular exercise may cut COVID-19 death risk by a third, major study finds
April 21, 2021
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Sky News issued a ‘must-read’ article today about the world’s first study into the link between physical activity and COVID-19 immunity.

The conclusion was “Regular exercise reduces the chances of dying from infectious diseases such as COVID-19 by more than a third and makes people 31% less likely to catch the virus.”

It also stated that people need to be doing at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week, or 150 minutes a week of exercise that gets you at least slightly out of breath.

Recommended activities include walking, running, cycling and strengthening exercises.

Such physical activity can also make vaccines up to 40% more effective, an international team of researchers, led by Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), said.

“The scientists concluded that the recommended amount of exercise can result in a “31% decrease in the risk of infectious disease such as COVID-19, a 37% decrease in the risk of death as a consequence of infectious disease such as COVID-19 and an increase in the efficacy of vaccination against viral disease such as COVID-19”.

Read the full article on Sky News via the link below.

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