The connection between obesity and COVID-19

Answers to questions about jogging, face shields and more from Dr. Jen Ashton.
1:41 | 09/30/20

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Dr. Jen Ashton here with us. Your questions on coronavirus. First question, we've talked about this a lot, should I wear mask while jogging in public? So, it depends, right, where you jog and there's not another human being for miles and miles, no. If you are passing people in a city, then the answer is yes, it's trial and error. You want to find a nafk you can breathe well while jogging and running. I keep mine around my neck and then -- if I see a crowd I pull it up. Better than nothing for sure. We're breathing more forcefully when we're exercising. Potentially expelling more viral particles. Again, you want to ere on the side of the cushion. Question two, obesity and severity of a covid-19 infection. Big time, you guys. More and more data and evidence coming in. We've known from the beginning people with obesity much more susceptible to complications and death from covid-19. Evidence suggesting that people who are obese more two times to be hospitalized and more 50% likely to die of covid-19. It may suppress the immune system. Mechanical reasons, makes it harder to ventilate or breath, so, again, we say it all the time that obesity is a chronic condition. Now is the better time than ever to try and aggressively manage it. Thank you. You can submit to Dr. Jen on her Instagram

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