Dr. John Patterson, chief clinical director at Oldham CCG, said the timing is the most crucial to quitting smoking as the number of cases and deaths from Covid-19 in the UK continues to increase.
As of March 31, more than 900 people in Greater Manchester have tested positive for the virus, about half of whom require hospital treatment.
Dr. Patterson said that smokers were more at risk of developing severe coronavirus and more likely to die from the virus.
“Smokers are 40% more likely to suffer from severe symptoms and 2.5 times more likely to end up in intensive care units (ICUs) or die if they have Covid,” he said.
“If you delay it, it’s time to quit smoking.
“You have to look at your own personal care and take care of your conditions.
“In terms of risk to people – let’s think about our smoking, let’s think about maximizing our health, let’s think about listening to social distancing, staying inside, taking the necessary trips, because that’s the real thing people have to to minimize their risk. “
His harsh warnings follow the advice of other experts, including the respiratory authority Keir Lewis who said that smokers are more vulnerable to the effects of the virus because their lungs are already weakened.
Lewis, a professor of respiratory medicine at the University of Swansea, said that the smokers had damaged the cells protecting their noses and airways.
This means they are more likely to develop lung problems as a result of the Covid-19 contraction.
Many smokers will also suffer from existing lung conditions, which puts them at even greater risk of developing viral pneumonia due to the disease.
Speaking in the House of Commons in March, Secretary of State for Health Matt Hancock said, “Research from previous coronaviruses has made it clear that smoking worsens the impact of the coronavirus.”
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Chief physician Chris Whitty also recommended that people take this opportunity to quit smoking.
He told the commune health committee that smokers face “additional vulnerability” compared to other healthy people due to respiratory illnesses.
In general, Professor Whitty said, “They are more likely to get it and their immune systems are weaker. “
“If you are going to quit smoking, this is a great time to do it,” he added.