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The influence of physical activity level on the length of stay in hospital in older men survivors of COVID-19

Antunes et al., Sport Sciences for Health, doi:10.1007/s11332-022-00948-7
Jun 2022  
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Retrospective 39 hospitalized COVID-19 survivors >60 years old, showing shorter hospitalization for patients with active lifestyles before COVID-19 symptoms.
risk of ICU admission, 80.2% lower, RR 0.20, p = 0.06, high activity levels 1 of 14 (7.1%), low activity levels 9 of 25 (36.0%), NNT 3.5.
risk of miscellaneous, 40.5% lower, RR 0.60, p = 0.48, high activity levels 3 of 14 (21.4%), low activity levels 9 of 25 (36.0%), NNT 6.9, CT abnormalities >50%.
risk of miscellaneous, 72.5% lower, RR 0.27, p = 0.04, high activity levels 2 of 14 (14.3%), low activity levels 13 of 25 (52.0%), NNT 2.7, CT abnormalities 25-50%.
hospitalization time, 43.4% lower, relative time 0.57, p = 0.03, high activity levels 14, low activity levels 25.
miscellaneous, 25.5% lower, relative time 0.74, p = 0.02, high activity levels 14, low activity levels 25.
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Antunes et al., 11 Jun 2022, retrospective, Brazil, peer-reviewed, survey, 5 authors, study period September 2020 - December 2020.
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The influence of physical activity level on the length of stay in hospital in older men survivors of COVID-19
E L Antunes, B M Costa, R C Sochodolak, L M Vargas, N M Okuno
Sport Sciences for Health, doi:10.1007/s11332-022-00948-7
The purpose of this study was to verify the influence of physical activity level on the length of hospital stay in older men recovered from COVID-19. In total, 126 older men diagnosed with COVID-19 were admitted to the hospital between September and December 2020. Among them, 70 survived, of which 39 older men were included in the study. Within 30 days after discharge, patients answered the International Physical Activity Questionnaire to measure their physical activity level through phone contact, with questions corresponding to the week before symptom onset. Clinical and laboratorial data from admission, days between onset of symptoms and admission, length of stay, computed tomography abnormalities, and the need for the intensive care unit were collected. The groups (active × sedentary) were compared using the Student t test or Mann-Whitney test for quantitative data and chi-square test was used for categorical data. There is no difference between the groups in characteristics of admission (p > 0.05), except by potassium level. Active older men had a shorter length of stay (6.50 ± 3.46 vs 11.48 ± 7.63 days; p = 0.03), disease duration (15.71 ± 4.84 vs 21.09 ± 7.69 days; p = 0.02), and lower frequency of lung damage when compared to their sedentary counterparts. In conclusion, being physically active prior to infection can attenuate length of hospital stay in older men with COVID-19.
Declarations Conflict of interest The authors report no conflict of interest. Ethical approval This study was conducted in accordance with the recommendations from the Declaration of Helsinki. Informed consent All participants provided informed consent prior to their participation. Publisher's Note Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations.
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