Zeena Dotiwalla cleans dumbbells at Yogaspace in Toronto on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. A new study out of the Fraser Valley is looking at the relation between exercise and COVID-19. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin)

Research study looking for COVID-19 survivors for exercise survey

Worldwide study led by University of the Fraser Valley exercise physiology researcher

Does physical fitness influence COVID-19 symptom severity, symptom duration, and complications? Some researchers in the Fraser Valley are working to find out.

Anyone who has tested positive COVID-19 is being asked to participate in a university-led research study, which just involves a 20-30 minute, anonymous online survey.

The study is being led by Dr. Jason Brandenburg, an exercise physiology researcher at UFV. He’s working with UFV’s Dr. Iris Lesser and Dr. Cynthia Thomson and Dr. Luisa Giles from Douglas College. They created the research study based on other research suggesting the novel coronavirus is associated with other chronic diseases and inflammation, as well as the improved immune system response associated with physical fitness.

The study is open to anyone around the world and they’ve already received around 170 responses.

They believe the research results could result in positive implications for public health in the future. The results will be used to gain an understanding if physical fitness eases COVID-19 symptoms, and they will be disseminated through academic publication, conference presentations, andin reports to interested agencies.

If you have any questions you may contact Dr. Jason Brandenburg at Jason.brandenburg@ufv.ca.

To take the survey visit this link.

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