Retrospective 71 hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Iran, showing faster recovery with a history of moderate to high physical exercise.
Exercise was assessed during the last seven days when patients may already have had COVID-19 symptoms. Patients with higher severity may have been less likely to exercise, leading to confounding by indication
This study is excluded in meta
exercise was assessed during the last seven days when patients may already have had COVID-19 symptoms. Patients with higher severity may have been less likely to exercise, leading to confounding by indication
recovery time, 61.1% lower, relative time 0.39, p < 0.001, high activity levels mean 8.03 (±2.79) n=33, low activity levels mean 20.62 (±3.25) n=38.
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Ehsani et al., 22 Sep 2021, retrospective, Iran, peer-reviewed, survey, 4 authors.
Evaluation of the Relationship Between Daily Physical Activity Level and Laboratory Factors and the Length of Hospitalization in Patients with COVID-19
Middle East Journal of Rehabilitation and Health Studies, doi:10.5812/mejrh.114607
Background: Different degrees of disorders are reported in the respiratory, physical, and psychological functions of patients with corona virus disease 2019 . With the experience of improved and discharged COVID-19 patients, physical activity and sports are considered as one of the factors in controlling chronic mental and physical illnesses. Objectives: This study was aimed at investigating the impact of the level of physical activity on some important clinical parameters and convalescence. Methods: Overall, 71 patients with COVID-19 under the age of 65 years admitted to the hospital with positive PCR were included in the study. Based on Beck's questionnaire, patients were divided into two groups of (1) low and (2) moderate to high physical activity. The duration of hospitalization and some important clinical tests were examined at the time of hospitalization and discharge. The patients were then monitored until discharge. Results: Statistical analyses showed that people with moderate to high physical activity were discharged earlier than the group with low physical activity (P < 0.01). Moreover, patients with moderate to high physical activity had lower erythrocyte sedimentation rate than the group with low physical activity at discharge (P = 0.01). Conclusions: Moderate to high physical activity can significantly reduce the length of hospitalization by improving the immune system to fight COVID-19. However, the factors that can be examined in expressing the reason for this finding need further studies.
Conflict of Interests: The authors do not have any conflicts of interest.
Ethical Approval: This study was approved by the Human Ethics Committee of the Semnan University of Medical Sciences (IR.SEMUMS.REC.1399.039), and was performed in accordance to the ethical standards laid down by the Helsinki declaration. Link for ethical code: ethics.research.ac.ir/EthicsProposalView.php?id=135715 Funding/Support: The authors have not received any funding for writing this manuscript.
Informed Consent: The authors received informed consent from the participants.
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