Smokers “14 times more likely to develop severe coronavirus symptoms”


Public Health England highlighted study

A study in China found that smokers are much more likely to develop severe cases of coronavirus.

Public Health England highlighted the study today: “Smoking is known to damage the lungs and respiratory tract, causing a series of serious breathing problems.

“The evidence clearly shows that the Covid-19 virus attacks the respiratory system, which is why smokers are more at risk.

“A small, very powerful Chinese survey reveals that smokers with Covid-19 are 14 times more likely to develop a serious illness.”

NHS Coronavirus sign in Glasgow as the UK continues to lock in (Photo: PA)

In addition to the risk of developing a serious illness, smoking makes you more likely to get the illness in the first place, as repetitive hand-to-mouth movement provides an easy route for the virus to enter.

Professor John Newton, Director of Health Improvement at Public Health England, said, “In light of this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, there has never been a more important time to quit smoking. .

“Not only for your own health, but to protect those around you. It will also help ease the huge pressures on the NHS. It’s never too late to stop, no matter what your age. “

Another study in patients with coronaviruses found that obesity could be a major risk factor for the severity of Covid-19.

Stefan de Hert, former president of the European Anesthesiology Society, highlighted unpublished data from Italy on the types of patients with Covid-19 admitted to intensive care.

He said: “The average age of all Covid-19 patients is 70, and one of the main risk factors for admission to intensive care is obesity.

According to advice from the British government, those who are severely overweight (BMI 40 or more) are at increased risk for serious Covid-19 disease.

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