Here’s what you need to know about COVID – 19 and smoking

Every day, scientists and health professionals discover new things about COVID-19. This is a good thing because knowing more about this virus can help us take even better precautionary measures against infection. Just recently, the World Health Organisation (WHO) discovered evidence that suggests that there is a link between smoking and COVID-19. Read on to find out what it is.

Smoking affects your respiratory system

Whether it’s tobacco or cannabis (weed), smoking directly affects your lungs. As you may already know, COVID-19 is a virus that attacks the respiratory (breathing) system. This means that when you are infected with the virus, your ability to breathe will be severely compromised. So, if you are a smoker and your lungs are already weakened, getting infected with this virus could cause even more damage to your lungs.

Smoking makes you vulnerable to COVID-19

According to the WHO, being a smoker makes you more vulnerable to COVID-19. Since your hands are always in contact with surfaces that other people use (like door handles and countertops), you are more likely to become infected with the virus when you put cigarettes in your mouth, especially if you have not washed your hands. Sharing weed and cigarettes with other people also increases your risk of getting COVID-19.

In addition, smoking can cause lung infections and affect your breathing, which is dangerous on its own, but could lead to serious illness or even death if you get infected with coronavirus.

Should I quit smoking?

During stage 5 and stage 4 of the lockdown, the president along with the members of parliament, have agreed that it’s best that cigarettes be banned during this time. This decision aligns with WHO’s health guidelines.

While this restriction may sound unfair, it offers you an opportunity to quit smoking, especially if you have been meaning to. To be honest, smoking is not all that cool and it can cause some serious health issues so it’s in your best interest to try to quit if you are a smoker.

If you smoke to deal with stress or anxiety, remember there are healthier ways of coping.

The COVID-19 outbreak has really changed the way we live our lives. While this may be an uncomfortable time to live through, remember that your health is more important. Make sure that you keep updated with department of health.

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