Snoring is never fun. As it turns out, snoring, especially when caused by a condition called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) brings about more problems than simple discomfort and annoyance. It can bring on health problems for the snorer. Recently, researchers have learned that one of these health issues is a susceptibility to COVID-19
What is OSA?
OSA is a condition that causes the muscles of the throat to either choke or creates snoring when those muscles relax. The condition is known to cause other health conditions including diabetes and obesity.
OSA Nearly Triples The Risk of Dying From COVID-19
Researchers at the University of Warwick in England recently conducted a study about the connection between OSA and COVID-19, particularly by patients with a hospital stay of seven days. Their findings may indicate the inflammation caused by COVID-19 increases complications for patients affected by both. In fact, having OSA nearly triples the patient's risk of dying from the joint conditions.
Supporting this finding is a Finnish study that shows that higher numbers of patients who were admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 also have OSA.To make matters worse, because OSA can cause diabetes and obesity, those other conditions can also worsen a patient's case of COVID-19.
People With OSA Should Be Extra Careful
What do these results mean for people with OSA? It means that, just like other members of the population with preexisting conditions, they may want to be extra dilligent with their COVID-19 prevention protocols. They may want to be stricter about wearning masks, washing hands, and joining large groups of people. They may also want to be very careful about making the decision of when and how often to go out, and double down on their sanitiation efforts.
Hopefully, with enough awareness of the risks and preventative care, those with OSA can stay safe and healthy while the pandemic plays out.