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How Exercise Impacts Patient Response to Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome and COVID-19

| by Andrew Page

As our states continue to advance phases of reopening, social distancing remains critically important. Recent studies show, however, that remaining active may also play an essential role for staying healthy during the pandemic. New results from a study conducted by The University of Virginia shows a very positive correlation between the effects of exercise and the reduction of ARDS, one of the most severe complications of COVID 19.

Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) affects between 3% and 17% of all patients with COVID 19, mostly correlating with strong risk factors like patient age and underlying health conditions like Obesity, Diabetes Mellitus, and Heart Disease. Research and review by Dr. Zhen Yan of the University of Virginia shows an in depth review of a powerful antioxidant, Extracellular Superoxide dismutase or EcSOD, which is made by muscles. The studies show that overexpressing and/or knocking the EcSOD gene can lead to either development or prevention of different chronic diseases.

COVID 19 is a brand new virus and research is slowly unfolding while we are in a pandemic and trying to understand how to act as fast as we can. What we do know (and have always known) is that exercise continues to help us get healthier and if nothing else, build our armor. No one is safe from the virus. We have seen first hand the young and healthy get sick, but we have also seen people recover. So keep moving and eating well, and if you haven’t started now is the time. Our lives literally depend on it.

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