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New Study Shows Smoking Increases Chance For Covid-19 Infection

New Study Shows Smoking Increases Chance For Covid-19 Infection

Hakim Hassan

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Smokers have another reason to quit as a new study suggests that smoking increases the chances of contracting Covid-19.

This is because the report states that smoking elevates a certain type of enzyme (ACE-2) that helps make it easier for the coronavirus to enter the lung.

The research is an observational study based on data emerging from China where the mortality rate is higher for men than women.

According to the World Health Organisation, about half of the males smoke while female smokers make up only 2%.

The samples were retrieved from the lungs of 21 patients who suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – a lung disease that makes it difficult to breathe – and 21 people who don’t have the disease.

Results show that the levels of ACE-2 enzymes were higher in COPD patients and also those who smoke.

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