Snorers With COVID: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

Having obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can increase the risk that a person will get a dangerous version of COVID-19, according to a review study published in Sleep Medicine Review.

Researchers from the University of Warwick, England, reviewed 18 studies of either sleep apnea or COVID-19 mortality risks. Results from the review study linked having sleep apnea with ending up in the intensive care unit, among COVID-19 patients, especially for those who were diabetic. Diabetics with sleep apnea hospitalized with COVID-19 were 2.8 times more likely to die than other hospitalized COVID patients by the 7th day after they went into the hospital.

This may be true because COVID-19 “increases oxidative stress and inflammation” and “has effects on the bradykinin pathways,” according to lead author Dr. Michelle Miller of Warwick Medical School. Sleep apnea has similar effects on the body, and because OBS patients are already having these issues, COVID-19 just piles more misery onto already-weak areas of the body.

Dr. Miller warns that hospitals and doctors should be aware that sleep apnea patients could be at higher risk having severe problems if they get COVID-19.

Disclaimer: This article does not provide medical advice. Do not take action based solely on this article and always consult with an appropriate healthcare professional. This article is purely for informational purposes.

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