The world health organization (who) said Friday that Smoking does not protect people from COVID-19. In contrast, infected smokers have a higher risk of serious illness and death, said Xinhua.
Answering the question that “some scientists have discovered that smokers are less likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19”, epidemiologist, technical Manager response COVID-19 in the Program who emergency health Maria van Carhow said that this statement is simply not true.
He noted that the dangers of tobacco are well known, and millions of people annually die from its use. The epidemiologist added that COVID-19 is a respiratory disease, and Smoking harms the lungs.
According to her, a number of studies have shown that Smoking leads to the development of serious diseases and increases the risk that people will go to the ventilator, will go to the intensive care unit and, eventually, die.
Carhow stressed that according to researchers, if smokers get sick COVID-19, they have a higher risk of serious illness and death.
In mid-April, The Guardian wrote about the French researchers who have suggested that tobacco may protect smokers from infection with coronavirus. According to their study, among the 11 thousand patients hospitalized in a Paris hospital with COVID-19, 8,5% were smokers. Thus, the total number of smokers in France is estimated at 25.4%.
Flash coronavirus infection COVID-19 began in late 2019 in China. March 11, 2020, the world health organization declared the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
As of morning on may 8 throughout the world, the coronavirus has infected 3 939 119 (+92 thousand per day). Victims COVID-19 274 917 (+5.3 thousand), recovered 1 322 289 (+36.5 thousand).