US News & World Report publishes a slideshow of comorbidities and other health and lifestyle issues that can make OSA worse.

Another condition that affects breathing – COVID-19 – doesn’t bode well for people with sleep apnea. They tend to have more severe infection, with increased intensive care unit transfers and increased need for intubation, according to a meta-analysis of evidence published May 13 in the journal CHEST Physician and co-authored by Dr. Ashima Sahni, an assistant professor of clinical medicine and associate program director of the sleep medicine fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

“COVID-19, which is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, triggers an increased inflammatory response in the body,” Sahni says.