Your health is at great risk if you vape or even smoke during the Covid-19 outbreak.
People who vape or those who smoke or even those who vape and smoke will suffer even more if they catch the Covid-19 virus according to a blog written by the National Institute Drug Abuse.
A person’s ability to recover from Covid-19 will be weakened according to organization’s website owned by Dr. Albert Rizzo, chief medical officer of the American Lung Association.
“What we do know for sure is that smoking and vaping causes harm to the lungs, leaving lung issue inflamed, fragile, and susceptible to infection,” Rizzo said.
The long-term health problems from vaping is established though the lack long enough practice fails to produce solid evidence.
The same applies for the coronavirus as health officials came to its attention back in December 2019 when the food market of Wuhan in China first encountered it.
Researchers are challenged to confirm the effects of Covid-19 to vapers and smokers.
“There is no evidence to date,” said Dr. Laura Crotty Alexander, an associate professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep at the University of California San Diego. “However, it’s difficult to track because we still do not have ICD-10 (the latest version of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases) codes to show which patients vape and which do not.”
“And many healthcare providers do not specifically ask about vaping,” she added.
The main symptoms of the coronavirus is shortness of breath along with coughing and fever. Those who suffer from severe cases require ventilators to breathe which are becoming scarce all over.
Its common sense that vaping and smoking eventually destroys the lungs. From this logic, more severe health consequences awaits those who smoke or vape from Covid-19.
“At the moment, we don’t know if COVID-19 affects vapers differently than other smokers,” Dr. Nate Favini, medical lead of Forward, a preventive primary care practice in San Francisco, told Healthline. “However, in general it’s worth noting how much smoking can impact your ability to fight off respiratory infections.”
“Both habits increase a person’s risk for developing severe disease,” added Dr. Dean Drosnes, medical director at Caron Treatment Centers in Pennsylvania.
“It’s likely that a history of chronic vaping could make someone more susceptible to COVID-19,” Drosnes said. “People who chronically vape are doing damage to their lungs and don’t realize it until they get an infection, such as an insult to their respiratory system, like COVID-19.”
Healthline was informed that the virus frequently progresses from cough and fever to interstitial pneumonia from Drosnes.
“For those who have died from COVID-19, ventilator assistance was not enough,” he said. “The number of virus particles that reached the lungs, the genetic strain of the virus, and other unknown factors all impact the severity of each case.”
“We know that patients with underlying disease and preexisting conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease caused by vaping, have an increased risk for developing severe COVID-19 because their lung functionality has been compromised,” Drosnes added.
4th April 2020 19:05
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