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WHO: "Stay active to lower coronavirus risk"

Posted: Mon, 06 Apr 2020 08:55

WHO: "Stay active to lower coronavirus risk"

The World Health Organisation has said that staying physically active plays a vital role in improving your chances of recovery if you become infected with coronavirus, whatever your age.

Hans Henri Kluge, the WHO's regional director for Europe, said last week: "It is becoming clear that the healthier you were before the pandemic plays a crucial role [in how well you recover from the virus]. People who age healthily are less at risk.

"For those in self quarantine or working from home, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle with good nutrition, physical activity, and staying away from tobacco and alcohol."

The organisation recommends that people should get up and move around for at least three minutes every hour to avoid long periods of sitting down.

Having a daily goal such as 30 minutes of activity can help, with household chores, online classes, and (where safe) a daily walk or cycle outdoors all being great ways to get moving.

For lots of ideas and resources to get moving at home, see our Active At Home pages.

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