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    WHO says smoking linked to higher risk of severe illness and death from coronavirus

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    WHO noted that there appeared to be a significant link between whether or not patients smoked and the severity of disease they suffered.

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    WHO says the available evidence suggests that smoking is associated with increased severity of disease and death in hospitalized COVID-19 patients.
    LONDON: The World Health Organization says smoking is linked to a higher risk of severe illness and death from the coronavirus in hospitalized patients, although it was unable to specify exactly how much greater those risks might be.

    In a scientific brief published this week, the U.N. health agency reviewed 34 published studies on the association between smoking and COVID-19, including the probability of infection, hospitalization, severity of disease and death.

    WHO noted that smokers represent up to 18% of hospitalized coronavirus patients and that there appeared to be a significant link between whether or not patients smoked and the severity of disease they suffered, the type of hospital interventions required and patients' risk of dying.

    In April, French researchers released a small study suggesting smokers were at less risk of catching COVID-19 and planned to test nicotine patches on patients and health workers, but their findings were questioned by many scientists at the time who cited the lack of definitive data.

    WHO says ``the available evidence suggests that smoking is associated with increased severity of disease and death in hospitalized COVID-19 patients. It recommends that smokers quit.

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    Most smokers believe smoking is cool. No matter how you indulge in it, tobacco is harmful to your health. Tobacco contains over 7,000 toxins and 70 known carcinogens (chemicals that increase cancer risk) and can damage nearly every organ of the body.

    Dr Sachin Kumar, Senior Consultant - Pulmonology at Sakra World Hospital explains how smoking affects every part of your body.

    The next time you are tempted to take a drag, just pause for a minute and think of the consequences of your indulgence.

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    3 Comments on this Story

    Anamika Rathee33 days ago
    The up to 18% Stat is clearly misleading, the correct number the WHO shared was 1.45 -18.5%. The 18.5 was South Korea #FactCheckKarona https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8264635/More-proof-smokers-risk-catching-coronavirus-expert-admits-weird.html
    Ali33 days ago
    So what about the people who have never smoked and have succumbed to this disease? Shouldn’t the World Health Organisation be channelling its efforts to ensure we find a vaccine? #SmokeScreenSo what about the people who have never smoked and have succumbed to this disease? Shouldn’t the World Health Organisation be channelling its efforts to ensure we find a vaccine? #SmokeScreen।
    Shivansh Uttam33 days ago
    You would think this is the one time that WHO would be busy and not have time for building it's PR with briefs that are completely not fased on facts. #SmokeScreen
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