Yoga and Physical Exercises as Immunogenic Fortifiers for Coronavirus Vaccine Responses

Govindasamy, Karuppasamy, Zouhal, Hassane, Kaur, Dilpreet, Dhiman, Aakash, Singh, Vikas, Chaware, Utsav, Kumar, Rajesh, Salian, Prasad, Baro, Mantu et al (2023) Yoga and Physical Exercises as Immunogenic Fortifiers for Coronavirus Vaccine Responses. International Journal of Human Movement and Sports Sciences, 11 (2). pp. 463-469. ISSN 2381-4381

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Background and aim: Coronavirus has emerged as a pandemic leading to pneumonia and death in susceptible populations, especially in immunocompromised hosts and the elderly. Though national governance and drug firms work in cohesion to develop vaccines, the fear and anxiety towards misconceptions about vaccine efficacy and adverse effects lead to underutilization of the vaccines. Though known for its immunogenic responses against infections, conservative lifestyle modifications such as Yoga and physical exercise's synergistic effects with coronavirus vaccine's immunogenic response remains unknown. Methods: We administered a systematic search on the contemporary evidence investigating the immune responses of physical activity or Yoga in three databases: PubMed, Embase and Web of Science. In the present review, we reviewed the empirical evidence that explored the role of Yoga and physical exercise as an immunity booster and extrapolated their effects against coronavirus infection. Results: We found sixteen articles emphasizing physical activity to augment immune responses towards Coronavirus. Discussion and Conclusion: Considering the contemporary evidence, complementary therapies such as Yoga or physical activity are speculated to improve the influenza vaccines' immune responses. We recommend that Yoga and physical exercises be affordable, practical and effective strategies that could be advocated along with vaccination doses. We hope the present review may help readers and policymakers explore complementary therapies that could be administered as adjuncts to vaccine-mediated immunity in combating the deadly pandemic.

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