May 11, 2023
Sleep apnea raises risk of long COVID by up to 75% for some, study says
Adults who have obstructive sleep apnea have up to an 75% increased risk, on average, of developing long COVID after a SARS-CoV-2 infection compared with people without sleep apnea, according to a new analysis of electronic health data on nearly 1.8 million people. "Research needs to be done in a prospective study to verify this association, and if found to be true these findings have implications for treatment of long COVID," said University of Arizona professor of medicine Dr. Sairam Parthasarathy, who was not involved in the study. "It is important to note that some of the symptoms of long COVID such as fatigue may be related to obstructive sleep apnea, and that the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea may improve such long COVID-related symptoms."