Are Smokers More Vulnerable to the Coronavirus Disease?

Did you know that smoking is the leading cause of preventable death? Yes, with over 7 million direct users deaths annually worldwide. This is as a result of tobacco use related diseases and health conditions like lung cancer, heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

No one is immune to the coronavirus and everyone is at the risk of contracting once exposed regardless of age. Studies show we are a long way from getting coronavirus immunity. Coronavirus is mainly spread by inhaling nasal and throat secretion from an infected person once they sneeze, cough and exhale. Larger droplets can’t stay on the air so they rest on the surface and objects around the infected person. When one touches these contaminated areas and then touches their face (eyes, nose and mouth), they end up being infected with the coronavirus.

Are smokers more vulnerable to the coronavirus disease?

Considering how coronavirus is spread, people of all ages can be infected. Smokers tend to be at a higher risk of contracting coronavirus because their fingers are in contact with their lips most of the time. If one comes into contact with contaminated surface or object then direct to the lips, the possibility of being infected is high. Smoking products that are mostly shared like water pipes can facilitate the spread from one mouth to another. Seniors and people with pre-existing medical conditions like asthma and diabetes seem to be more vulnerable to severe illness with coronavirus. Most smokers have a lung disease that may put them at the risk of being infected

The world health organization, has warned that smokers are at a higher risk of contracting coronavirus. This follows after a recent French research that is trying to conclude if the use of nicotine patches is reducing the risk of being infected with coronavirus. Following an observation done in France, of 11,000 coronavirus patients, only 8.5% were regular smokers, considering 25% of French population smoke daily. This is not a wakeup call for everyone to start smoking because it’s still not concluded that it really works and besides we all know the harmful effects of smoking.

Protect yourself from contracting coronavirus by following laid preventive guidelines like staying at home, keeping a safe distance, washing your hands and most importantly covering your mouth. Use disposable face masks to protect yourself from exposure. Disposable face masks have the ability to filter large respiratory droplets from going through them. Stay safe.

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