People with Sleep Apnea have a much higher risk of developing coronavirus disease. This was revealed in a medical study conducted in the United States. People with sleep apnea have frequent shortness of breath during sleep, which also increases the risk of various medical complications.
However, a study by Kaiser Permanente of Southern California found for the first time that such people have a much higher risk of contracting COVID-19. The study examined data from about 82,000 patients who experienced various sleep problems between 2015 and 2020.
About 1,500 of them were diagnosed with COVID-19, of which 224 were hospitalized and 61 had to be admitted to the ICU or die. The study found an association between sleep apnea and a high prevalence of COVID-19.
“The study also found a higher rate of COVID-19 in obese, chronic diseases, and people seeking medical help.”
The researchers also found that patients with sleep apnea could reduce their risk of developing COVID-19 with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy.
He said, Biological and behavioral factors increase the risk of sleep apnea and COVID-19. The study found that older people with sleep apnea did not have a surprisingly high rate of COVID-19.
The researchers said that such elderly patients are usually very careful, face masks, social distance, and other precautions. The findings were presented during an online meeting of the American Thoracic Society.