It is estimated that smokers have a 14-fold higher risk of developing severe cases of COVID-19. First, smokers are more likely to become infected with SARS CoV-2 coronavirus. Secondly, if they become infected, the course of the disease may be more severe than for non-smokers.
Coronavirus and cigarette smokers
A study in China has found that smokers have up to 14 times higher risk of getting a severe case of COVID than non-smokers . This is because SARS CoV-2 virus attacks the respiratory system and smoking damages the airways and lungs.
Smokers can also become infected more easily. This is due to repetitive hand movements towards the mouth, making it easier to transfer the virus to the respiratory tract. The risk is even higher when smoking one cigarette or shisha by several people.
There has never been a better time to stop smoking like during the COVID pandemic. Not just for your own health, but to protect those around you - said Professor John Newton, an employee of the Health Improvement at Public Health in the UK.
This will not only reduce the risk of infection - less frequent finger touching, but also improve the work of the circulatory and respiratory systems in the event of COVID-19 infection.
What happens after you quit smoking?
Quitting smoking brings nothing but benefits. The longer you do not smoke, the better shape your body is in.
- 48 hours after smoking cessation, carbon monoxide is eliminated from the body.
- After 72 hours, the bronchi begin to relax and breathing is easier.
- After 2-12 weeks, blood circulation improves which also improves physical condition e.g. walking, running.