Sleep specialist Barry Krakow, MD, writes in The Epoch Times that wide-ranging effects from sleep apnea could undermine COVID-19 recovery for some patients.

Although these relationships are complex, obesity worsens sleep apnea, and sleep apnea causes and worsens hypertension. Coming full circle, many sleep researchers also think sleep apnea amplifies the negative influences of obesity such as exacerbating diabetes and kidney disease. As OSA is a serious medical condition with critical relationships to obesity and hypertension, the two factors affecting morbidity (severity of illness) and mortality (lethality of illness) in CCP virus, commonly known as novel coronavirus, cases, by extension it makes sense to learn whether these patients are also suffering from undiagnosed and untreated sleep apnea.

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