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Coronavirus: Smokers are more than twice as likely to end up in intensive care

Coronavirus: Smokers are more than twice as likely to end up in intensive care

Smoking is bad and it is even more dangerous these days. The Italian Higher Institute of Health (ISS) has just warned that those who smoke have a higher risk of developing complications in case of coronavirus infection. There is talk of more than twice the chance of ending up in intensive care.

We all know that smoking (actively and passively) is harmful, what we did not know until now is that there are already studies on Covid-19 that highlight the danger of this addiction so common to the clinical situation of patients who contracted the disease.

Basically, according to the ISS, very recent studies have shown that more than a third of smokers who contracted the coronavirus had a more serious condition than non-smokers.

The probability that a smoker who develops the disease will need intensive care and respirators is more than double. The same studies hypothesize that exactly this habit, more frequent in men (especially in China), would explain the great gender difference in the fatality rate associated with the virus, which, as we know, is higher in men than in women (4.7% and 2.8%, respectively).

In China, the difference between them and them when it comes to cigarettes is really huge: about 50% of men are smokers, compared to 3% of women. In Italy, this difference is less felt, but it still exists: there are 11.6 million smokers, of which more than 7 million are men and 4.5 million are women.

After this revelation, the ISS only had to recommend that everyone stop smoking immediately, although obviously it's not easy to get people out of a comforting habit right now, amidst the suffering Italians face. But it never hurts to try.

The good news is that research confirms an important fact: the benefits of quitting are both short-term and long-term. Therefore, it only takes a few weeks to improve respiratory problems, coughing, and respiratory gas exchange in the circulation.

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Video: Smokers with COVID-19 at risk of severe infection (November 2020).