Smoking at any time is bad for your health. But the study shows it to be at its worst during the Coronavirus outbreak. All chronic smokers suffer from the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) which is very likely to help grow COVID-19. Because these people have high molecule density in their lungs. This influences the virus to enter and cause infection.
This study is joint research by the University of British Columbia and St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, Canada. The study uses 21 set sample effectiveness. So samples are taken from the lungs of 21 patients with COPD and 21 patients without.
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Why are smokers more prone to Coronavirus?
The research continues by testing to measure the molecular levels of Angiotensin-converting enzyme II (ACE-2). This molecule is the entry point of the lungs in our body. This is the reason why coronavirus affects the lungs so much.
Recordings involved 3 cases:
- Current chain smoker.
- Former smokers or current normal smokers.
- People with no smoking history.
The research findings are published in the European Respiratory Journal. But it shows that smokers having COPD show a higher concentration of ACE-2 molecule in the lungs. This directly points coronavirus fingers at smokers.
The data is then compared against a data set having chain smokers, former smokers, and non-smokers. But the results again show that ACE-2 is higher in the lungs of chain smokers and former smokers.
This study shows that there has never been a better time to leave smoking. Because if you stop smoking now, you survive the Coronavirus pandemic. The study gives a mindblowing insight into why smokers are at more risk than others. But it also shows that there is no way to manipulate the levels of ACE-2 in our lungs. So, it is also unclear whether lower ACE-2 levels keep you safe.
To say anything it will be wise to leave smoking now. Stay safe, stay healthy.
Suryapratim Ray is an engineer, author, robotics hobbyist, and an active Quoran. Being a technical blogger, he covers the good, bad, and ugly of science on a regular basis at Sciencenews18. In addition to his passion for writing, he’s equally keen on learning classical music.