Exercise and COVID-19 Can Be a Dangerous Combination, Evidence Shows | Bicycling.com

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“[My sports cardiologist] said they’re seeing athletes become symptomatic due to the natural and normal inflammation in their heart and lungs caused by moderate to intense activity,” Richardson continued. “After that ride, I struggled with breathlessness every time I tried to do anything. I would feel about 85 to 90 percent fine while still, but as soon as I did any type of easy activity like walking around the yard or going up stairs, I would be sucking for oxygen and exhausted for hours.”

In short, exercise can make COVID-19 worse.

In short, exercise can make COVID-19 worse. For cyclists and other active people who generally turn to physical activity to boost circulation and feel better faster when they’re a little under the weather, this is new and urgent news, says Jordan Metzl, M.D., a sports medicine physician at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.