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Fatality risk high for smokers infected with Covid-19

By THE NATION

 

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Smokers who contract Covid-19 are likely to have 14 times more severe conditions compared to non-smokers, raising the the risk of fatality, a doctor has warned.

 

 

Dr Manas Phothaporn, deputy director-general of the Department of Medical Services, said that smoking is one of the major public health problems as more than 1.68 billion people worldwide are addicted to nicotine in cigarettes.

 

“More than 10 million people die because of smoking each year as cigarettes are the cause of more than 25 diseases including cancer, heart diseases and pulmonary emphysema.

 

“The World Health Organization has declared May 31 as "World No Tobacco Day" to emphasise the dangers of smoking, especially this year when the Covid-19 outbreak has hit nearly every country in the world,” added Manas. “Smokers who contract the new coronavirus are likely to suffer from up to 14 times more severe conditions than the normal person. The pneumonia alone caused by Covid-19 could result in death as smoking will lower the body’s immune system and damage the lungs.

 

“Quitting smoking will help restore the smokers’ immune system as well as reduce the inflammation in lung tissues, not to mention it will help save money during the economic crisis that many countries are facing,” he added.

The Princess Mother National Institute on Drug Abuse Treatment under the Department of Medical Science has organised the World No Tobacco Day Week during the last week of May at the institute in Pathum Thani. The event features exhibitions on the dangers of smoking as well as booths providing advice on how to effectively quit smoking. Interested persons can visit the event or call the Quit Smoking hotline at 1165. For more information, visit: www.pmindat.go.th

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30388783

 

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12 minutes ago, phantomfiddler said:

Meanwhile in Italy doctors are saying that  a blood clotting bacteria was responsible for all the  deaths

Would it be wise for most of the elderly to be on Aspirin if not already on Aspirin so as to thin the blood, therefore possibly reducing clotting ?

 

I'm no doctor, but I do know aspirin does reduce the likelihood of clotting, just saying.

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7 hours ago, DirtyHarry55 said:

In France a study found Smokers are less likely to contract COVID-19 possibly due to the Nicotine now France totally sold out of Nicotine patches.

Smokers seem less likely than non-smokers to fall ill with covid-19
https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2020/05/02/smokers-seem-less-likely-than-non-smokers-to-fall-ill-with-covid-19

But yes sure quit smoking is a good idea but I wouldn't use COVID19 as an argument.

 

 

Coronavirus and smoking: What does the World Health Organization say?

https://www.euronews.com/2020/05/07/covid-19-and-smoking-what-does-the-who-say

 

 

 

All other things being equal, and a chain smoker and a non smoker get covid. And the smoker's chances are better?

 

I don't think so. But it is interesting they found that. Could very well be true i suppose. 

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8 hours ago, rooster59 said:

Fatality risk high for smokers infected with Covid-19

Proof it, You Can't. Fake News.

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Governments enjoy the tobacco revenue. Obviously a higher priority then health.

 

Otherwise smoking would be banned.

 

Make your own opinion how COVID fits in there. 

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Versus low!   hmm...wow! Ok.  I still need a cig...I don't care low or high...I'm all in.

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