United Kingdom

Dr Sudhanshu Patwardhan, UK based licensed medical doctor, explained how smoking can affect outcomes of COVID-19 patients:

  • Smoking increases hypoxia and causes lung damage, thus leading to worse outcomes.
  • Many comorbidities frequently seen in smokers are risk factors for severe COVID-19 infection.
  • Transmission may be higher among smokers because of the frequent finger to mouth mouvements.

Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH). Guest Blog: COVID-19 related stress and social isolation: Risk of millions relapsing back to smoking worldwide. April 8 2020.

Original article: https://www.rsph.org.uk/about-us/news/covid-19-related-stress-and-social-isolation-risk-of-millions-relapsing-back-to-smoking-worldwide.html