A fascinating British study of over 400,000 middle-aged UKers examined the association of body mass index (BMI) and self-reported walking pace with the risk of contracting severe COVID-19 and death from COVID-19, and the scary news, according to these researchers, is that slow walkers were almost four times more likely to die from COVID-19, and had over twice the risk of contracting a severe infection compared to the fastest walkers.
And it was a gradient risk so that even normal-weight slow walkers were 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.
So are fast walkers simply out-running the virus?
The most common sense response to this finding is that fast walkers are much more likely to have healthier hearts and lungs (and perhaps immune systems, too) than slower walkers and it’s that advantage that also gives them a small advantage over the virus.
So should you increase your walking pace to help you prevent COVID-19?
Sure, cuz it can only help in the long-term i way way more ways than simply preventing COVID-19, but way more important, wear your mask whenever in a higher-risk setting, practice safe distancing, and stay outside more.