People with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have almost three times a greater risk of dying from COVID-19 if they are admitted to a hospital. That’s the result of an analysis of 18 studies on the relationship between sleep apnea and the coronavirus by researchers from the University of Warwick in England.

The scientists found that people who suffer from the condition, which is characterized by snoring and choking when the muscles of the throat temporarily relax, believe that the inflammation triggered by COVID-19 increases complications for sufferers.

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According to the Daily Mail, OSA is already associated with other known risk factors for the novel coronavirus such as obesity and diabetes. However, the scientists believe that patients with these conditions should be aware that sleep apnea increases their risk even further, adding that more research is needed to determine how much of an impact it actually has on COVID-19 outcomes.

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