They claim that smokers are more at risk of developing 10 symptoms of Covid-19

In most people, the condition caused by the new strain of Covid-19 SARS-CoV-2 is asymptomatic, about 20% develop the disease with notable signs. However, in the case of smokers the figures are different. British researchers claim that 50% of them are at higher risk of developing 10 symptoms of coronavirus. And in some of these individuals, a progressive pulmonary involvement with respiratory failure is directly generated.

Thus, a greater risk of serious complications, which generate widespread systematic consequences that have a poor future prognosis. Conditions that become more dangerous in people over 60 years old and in those with cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and COPD.

Smokers are 5 times more vulnerable to Covid-19

A scientific study, carried out by the Americans and the British, ensures that the smoking is a risk factor for viral and bacterial conditions. Especially for those that are related to the respiratory system. Because of this, smokers are 5 times more vulnerable to developing influenza and are 2 times more likely to develop pneumonia. Which clearly indicates that it is a major worsening factor for the coronavirus.

The research provides the first conclusive evidence, as it is based on real-world data from a health app in the UK. It was published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), and claims that smoking doubles the danger of causing a severe case of coronavirus and requiring hospitalization.

The report details how smokers are 14% more likely to generate the three main symptoms of the coronavirus; persistent cough, shortness of breath and fever. It also notes that smokers have 50% more likely to develop more than 10 symptoms at once. These include; loss of smell, loss of appetite, cough, fever, diarrhea, muscle pain, fatigue, than people who do not smoke.

Other similar studies also prove it

In other recent research, led by Dr. Arunima Purkayastha of UCLA Children's Discovery in collaboration with other institutes, they verify the British study.

The result of their study verifies that direct exposure to SARS-CoV-2 and cigarette smoke increases the severity of the condition. It also alters the stem cell-derived airway response.

Severe lung disease from Covid-19 has been closely related to advanced age. Among these adults with more than 60 years hospitalized, derived medical illnesses have been associated with coronavirus in aggravated stage. These include obesity, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and chronic lung disease.

Progressively, studies have shown that cigarette smoke is one of the most important causes of chronic lung diseases. Smoking reduces the innate immunity of the mucosa. Which leads to an increase in respiratory vulnerability, therefore, increases the viral replication of Covid-19.

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