Smokers appear to be at higher risk from coronavirus
If you are a smoker, then this will be an eye opening story for you as the leading health experts have warned that the smokers are likely at risk of more severe coronavirus.
Health experts are warning that people who vape or smoke could face a greater threat from the coronavirus.
Because it attacks the lungs, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 could be an especially serious threat to those who smoke tobacco or marijuana or who vape,” wrote Dr. Nora Volkow with The National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Smoking causes many already known background diseases that raise the risk of serious morbidity illness and mortality from coronavirus — chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart disease, and diabetes.
In China, mortality rates were higher in men than women. One of the hypotheses is that this was also due to smoking. About 50 percent of men in China smoke, compared to only 2% of women.
Patients above 70 years of age and people with underlying conditions such as hypertension, diabetes or cardiovascular disease are among the most vulnerable to COVID-19. Men are more vulnerable than women, the EU body said in its report.
The study, also based on a small sample, concluded that smokers may be more susceptible to the virus.
“Smoking also causes inflammation in the airways, which is made worse with respiratory illnesses,” said Hays.
“People who quit for even a short time see an improvement in lung health quite quickly.”
“For most smokers who don’t already have serious lung injury, they will see immediate improvements in their health, and less opportunity for severe diseases including COVID-19,”
It added that former smokers appeared to be more at risk than current smokers because the enzyme was more active in different cells in former smokers.
There are, well-proven reasons for smokers to be concerned about their risk of severe or fatal COVID-19.
Coronavirus numbers worldwide more than 451,335 people have contracted the virus and at least 20,499 have died.