Smoking and corona virus

Although the pandemic of the corona virus is ongoing, and in many countries is yet to reach its peak, I can see many people smoking despite the increased risk. 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 virus from hand to mouth. Tobacco smoke also damages the mucous membranes of the respiratory system, which facilitates the action of the virus and hinders treatment. Smokers may also already have lung disease or reduced lung capacity which would greatly increase risk of serious illness.

Smoking products such as water pipes often involve the sharing of mouth pieces 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.

I know many will say that it is superfluous to write about the harms of smoking during a corona pandemic, but there are many who smoke despite the dangers to which they expose themselves and potentially others. That is why experts insist that smokers have a chance more than ever and are even urged to quit smoking.

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