Cigarettes weaken the immune system and are the cause of other health issues, such as heart diseases, high blood pressure and respiratory difficulties. COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that impairs breathing, so smoking may increase the risk of Coronavirus complications.
Are Smokers More Susceptible to Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
As a pandemic, Coronavirus, has serious effect on lungs so it is obvious that the group of people who are in danger more, are the smokers because smoking weakens the lungs. Based on UK
professor, Christopher Whitty’s research and reports, Smoker are more likely to be infected by the coronavirus because of their weak immune system due to smoking.
reports that 52.1% of Chinese men and 2.7% of Chinese women are smokers and that could be the reason for a higher number of men that are diagnosed with COVID-19 compared to women. Russel Bahr also comments on this matter, based on his report, long-term smokers have a higher chance to be diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary or COPD which makes them more susceptible to infection. Dr. Sanjay Agrawal
also says that because low defence, smoker are susceptible to both viral and bacterial infections; with that being said, Coronavirus is more dangerous for heavy smokers who have weaker immune system, Dingwall told The Sun
Keep in mind that it is best to seek professional help if the symptoms lasted for a long time.
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