Smokers infected with Covid-19 at greater risk of severe symptoms
Covid-19 patients who smoke are vulnerable to developing severe symptoms compared to non-smokers, the Facebook page of Mhorwen (doctors on duty) said on Sunday.
The post explained that smokers may develop severe symptoms because Covid-19 is a respiratory disease and the lungs of smokers are not in a healthy condition.
"It is estimated that more men than women died during the first Covid-19 wave in China, as Chinese men smoke heavily," the page said.
The page said Covid-19 patients who smoke can develop blood clots, adding that more of them were being treated in ICU rooms.
"Therefore, Covid-19 patients who are smokers are considered at risk of developing severe symptoms, similar to those who have obesity, diabetes and other respiratory diseases," the page added.