Vaping increases Covid-19 risk for young people


YOUNG PEOPLE who use e-cigarettes are five times more likely to catch coronavirus, according to a new study.

"Young people may believe their age protects them from contracting the virus or that they will not experience symptoms of Covid-19, but the data show this isn't true among those who vape", said lead author, Shivani Mathur Gaiha.

Now, the researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine warn against vaping due to the increased risk of COVID-19, which has now infected more than 20.19 million people and killed at least 739,000.

The research aimed to assess whether the use of cigarettes or electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) among youths are associated with Covid-19.

"Given the predominance of e-cigarette use among US youth, our investigation informs public health concerns that the ongoing youth e-cigarette epidemic contributes to the current COVID-19 pandemic", study authors wrote.

The findings were based on an online national survey of 4,351 adolescents and young adults aged 13 to 24 conducted in May 2020.

They conducted a survey of more than 4,351 participants, coming from all 50 USA states, three US territories and the District of Columbia.

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"Subsequently, the student was transferred to a medical centre for further treatment for screening of dengue fever, as well as Covid-19 infections", said Noor Hisham.

Overall, they concluded: "We found associations between obesity and higher odds of Covid-19 with severe symptoms requiring hospitalisation in a large community-dwelling cohort that are consistent with the few prognostic studies of smaller clinical samples".

It might be because of the way vaping affects the lungs or immune system - or vapers may be more exposed to COVID-19 for other reasons.

Young people who had used both cigarettes and e-cigarettes in the previous 30 days were nearly five times as likely to experience COVID-19 symptoms, such as coughing, fever, tiredness and difficulty breathing as those who never smoked or vaped, the researchers said.

Those who had used both e-cigarettes and conventional cigarettes in the previous 30 days were 6.8 times more likely to be diagnosed with the disease, they said.

Because of the appalling findings of the study, USA lawmakers now called on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to remove e-cigarettes from the market until the pandemic is over.

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