Long COVID May Set You Back a Decade in Exercise Gains
Exercise intolerance should now be considered one of its symptoms
Long COVID can rob people of health, energy, employment and joy. It may also strip away the equivalent of a decade's worth of aerobic fitness, according to a large-scale new scientific review of long COVID patients and exercise.
The study, which was published in JAMA Network Open, aggregated results from dozens of earlier experiments to show that people with long COVID typically have lower endurance capacity and find working out much harder than other people of similar ages who developed COVID but recovered.
The findings add to mounting evidence, from both experiments and people’s experiences, that “something is going on” in many people who develop long COVID that makes exercise challenging, if not impossible, said Matthew Durstenfeld, a cardiologist at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and professor at the University of California at San Francisco Department of Medicine, who led the new study.
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