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COVID-19 Mortality: A Matter of Vulnerability Among Nations Facing Limited Margins of Adaptation

Researchers in France analyzed potential associations between five factors (demography, public health, economy, politics, and environment) and COVID-19 mortality rates. They found higher GDP and longer life expectancies were associated with greater risk of death from COVID-19 and claim this may be due to the prevalence of chronic disease and sedentarism in these populations. They conclude, “In the COVID-19 case, an advisable strategy may be to increase ... immunity and resilience and prevent sedentary behaviors through higher physical activity and better physical fitness. Hence, political strategies restricting physical activity (e.g., closing sport facilities) may ... (inhibit) the enhancement of population immunity in response to present and future viral aggressors.”