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Sleep-Disordered Breathing Could Inflate Risk for Severe COVID-19

People with sleep-disordered breathing or sleep-related hypoxia — low oxygen levels during sleeping — are no more likely than other adults to get infected with SARS-CoV-2 and develop COVID-19. However, if infected, they are at a 31% higher risk of getting hospitalized or dying from the illness, new research reveals.

Investigators looked at almost 360,000 patients tested for COVID-19 at the Cleveland Clinic system. This group included 5400 people who also completed a sleep study.

They also accounted for other factors that could alter COVID-19 risk, including obesity, heart and lung disease, cancer, and smoking.

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