People who walk slowly may be almost four times more likely to die from coronavirus, and be potentially more than twice at risk of contracting severe Covid-19, researchers say.
Those who walk slowly and are a normal weight could be almost 2.5 times more likely to develop severe Covid-19 and 3.75 times more likely to die from the virus than normal-weight fast walkers, according to a new study.
Slow walking was considered to be at a speed of less than three miles per hour, steady/average speed was three to four miles per hour, or brisk at more than four miles per hour.
The study of 412,596 middle-aged UK Biobank participants examined the relative association of body mass index (BMI) and self-reported walking pace with the risk of contracting severe Covid-19 and mortality. Tom Yates, lead researcher for the study and a professor of physical activity, sedentary behaviour and health at the University of Leicester said: “We know already that obesity and frailty are key risk factors for Covid-19 outcomes.