Study: More exercise associated with 'less severe' COVID cases

Researchers urge policymakers to add "physical activity" to pandemic portfolio.
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Researchers this week revealed that greater amounts of exercise are associated with better health outcomes related to infections with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. 

The research, published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, noted that "physical activity before COVID-19 infection is associated with less severe outcomes."

The study revealed that patients who only reported "some" physical activity displayed "higher odds of hospitalization" with a COVID-19 infection than those who reported "always" being active. 

"There were protective associations of physical activity for adverse COVID-19 outcomes across demographic and clinical characteristics," the researchers argued, positing that "public health leaders should add physical activity to pandemic control strategies."

The scientists conducting the study were based out of California.