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Link between Sleep Apnea and COVID-19

There are research that indicate sleep apnea is linked to a higher risk of getting COVID-19.

A 2022 study published in Cardiovascular Diabetology reported that adults with diabetes and a high body mass index (BMI) are likely to have sleep apnea and vulnerable to severe COVID-19 related diseases. Getting vaccinated and treating the conditions may lower the risk for people with sleep apnea.

A 2021 study involving people with COVID-19 and 8.5% had obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), showed that of those 20.9% were hospitalized, people with OSA had higher risks of severe disease. The study did not show that people with sleep apnea were more likely to get COVID-19, but another 2021 study did.

By getting treatment for sleep apnea, it may be possible for people with OSA to reduce their risk exposure to COVID-19. People with OSA, using CPAP helps lower the risk of getting COVID-19.

Sleep apnea correlates with several medical conditions that elevate the risk of severe COVID-19 disease, but it is important to remember that by itself, sleep apnea is a risk factor for severe disease, hospitalization, and death. People with OSA should seek advice from a doctor to treat their medical condition.


The information above contains general information about medical conditions and potential treatments. It is not medical advice. If you have any medical questions, please consult your doctor.