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.