Certain underlying chronic conditions associated with exposures to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are exacerbating the effects of COVID-19 in vulnerable populations. Older adults and those who have compromised immune systems, or other underlying conditions such as diabetes, asthma, or obesity have shown to be at increased risk of more severe illness from the virus.
Dr. Aly Cohen, board certified rheumatologist and integrative medicine specialist, founder of Integrative Rheumatology Associates, and co-Editor of the textbook, ’Integrative Environmental Medicine’ (OUP), presented the work she has done on EDC's linked to inflammation. New research from CDC surveillance of COVID-19 infection shows disproportionate hospitalization and death among patients with history of co-morbid health conditions. Dr. Cohen discussed underlying environmental factors, including EDCs that contribute to the inflammatory response in patients with co-morbidities and those that are severely ill. She also discussed medications and nutrients being studied as possible therapeutics. She shared evidence-based recommendations regarding diet, medication use, smoking cessation, chemicals exposure, supplement use, and other lifestyle interventions that may impact morbidity and mortality from COVID-19.