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March 25, 2020 Wednesday 05:51:22 PM IST

Are smokers and tobacco users at higher risk of COVID-19 infection?

Health Monitor

World Health Organization (WHO) says that smokers are likely to be more vulnerable to COVID-19 as the act of smoking means that fingers and possibly contaminated cigarettes are in contact with lips which increases the possibility of transmission of the virus from hand to mouth. Smokers may also already have lung disease or reduced lung capacity which would greatly increase the risk of serious illness.

Smoking products such as water pipes often involve the sharing of mouthpieces and hoses, which could facilitate the transmission of COVID-19 in communal and social settings. Conditions that increase oxygen needs or reduce the ability of the body to use it properly will put patients at higher risk of serious lung conditions such as pneumonia.


(Content Courtesy: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-on-smoking-and-covid-19) 


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