Smoking and coronavirus

Smoke and coronavirus

April 2020. The world will forever remember this time. Viral infection of SARS-C0V-2 caused by COVID-19 disease.

The complications caused by a coronavirus infection are not limited to atypical pneumonia, there is evidence that the virus causes brain damage, can penetrate the gastrointestinal tract while remaining there, causing deterioration and various ailments. There is already evidence that coronavirus does not cause pneumonia, as is commonly believed, but a more specific lung lesion that literally destroys lung tissue. There are confirmed cases of recovery after COVID-19, when the lungs are preserved at 60% of the initial volume. One recovered lung volume remained at 30% of the original.

The new strain of coronavirus that appears is quite unpredictable and still poorly understood. At the same time, what will be the course of the disease when infected with coronavirus, it remains only to pray and believe in a favorable outcome. There are no prerequisites for predicting the course of the disease. Long-livers have cases of recovery, and unfortunately there are facts of the death of quite young people who do not suffer from any pathologies.

And where is smoking?

Any smoker understands that smoking is poisoning the body with various poisons. The first intoxication and poisoning is taken by the respiratory system: throat, vocal cords, bronchi, trachea, lungs. Coronavirus infection occurs in most cases into the body by airborne droplets, settling mainly in the nasopharynx. It is enough just to take a breath to be infected (there are other options for infection with coronavirus, we are considering an airborne droplet). It would seem that everything is so bad, and publicly available statistics indicate that smoking does not affect the incidence of COVID-19 so much.
According to the European Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology Of the 140 infected with coronavirus infection (COVID-19) in Wuhan, only two were smokers.
And according to the history of the first patients with coronavirus infection in Wuhan and Guangzhou 12,6% were smokers, and 1,9% were former smokers, the remaining 85,4% of those infected were non-smokers.
(primary data)

What does all this mean? What are smokers less likely to get coronavirus? According to the statistics currently presented, this seems to be true. However, there is still a lot of unaccounted data:

1. The above statistics, although official, are insufficient for the final conclusion about the effects of smoking and the incidence of coronavirus infection. For example, those infected at the beginning of the outbreak of the epidemic, out of 50 people infected, 10 will die, this is 20% mortality, and with an increase in infected to 1000, the mortality rate will be 50, resulting in a mortality of 5% for the same disease.
To obtain accurate data, larger statistics are needed.

2. Smokers in China, according to the most minimal estimates of about 350 million people, this is the fourth part of the country's population, the number tested on COVID-19 in China based on public statistics is not. Accordingly, it is impossible to present a real threat to smokers. However, common sense suggests otherwise.

3. The actual numbers of patients can be 10 times higher than in official statistics on morbidity. Moreover, this can be for various reasons, from hiding real data, to testing only severe and moderate cases of the course of the disease, which falls into the statistics. Asymptomatic patients are most likely not taken into account, again due to the excessive workload of medical facilities. There are simply no time left for asymptomatic patients. Also asymptomatic and patients of moderate and even severe severity, most are at home and treated / recover at home. Most likely, such patients are not taken into account, since the coronavirus infection in them passes as usual ARVI.

4. Mortality statistics in different countries are markedly different. For smokers and former smokers, there is also no clear understanding and separation, even if such records are kept while it is not in the general statistics of morbidity. Somewhere they test everyone without exception, somewhere selectively, somewhere only with symptoms.

3d visualization of a lung lesion (shown in yellow), coronavirus infection (COVID-19) in a patient.
Dr. Keith Mortman at George Washington University Hospital.

Smokers are in a special risk zone, former smokers too, although of course to a lesser extent from real smokers. Moreover, there is no need to wait for special statistics, common sense says that there is no smoke without fire. Moreover, smokers include not only smokers of cigarettes, but also smokers on a regular basis of vapes, electronic cigarettes, hookahs and other tobacco heating systems to obtain a personal dose of nicotine.

During the outbreak in China, no one believed in such an outcome. You never know what viruses are, especially when patients are estimated at ten people.
November 17, 2019 - the first patient
December 15, 2019 - 27 patients
December 17, 2019 - 60 patients
January 1, 2020 - 381 cases
March 11 2020
WHO announces worldwide pandemic of coronavirus infection COVID-19 caused by SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
Most countries on earth are infected, in some European countries the number of infected people is growing exponentially, while the number of deaths due to coronavirus infection is increasing.
April 3, 2020 - a figure of 1.000.000 one million infected with COVID-19 is recorded worldwide
April 17, 2020 - 2,223,240, more than two million two hundred twenty three thousand infected around the world

November 17-April 17, over 5 months more than 2 million infected, more than 152 thousand dead, only according to official statistics. Real data can be much more.

Why quit smoking now and it should work out.
In fact, you can give a lot of reasons, I will describe those that are your trump cards right now.

Quarantine and self-isolation. Smoking is problematic anywhere, and in conditions of limited mobility, toxic compounds are retained in the body for a longer time. You also smoke less or less, and there is more harm to the body.

Quarantine as an opportunity to endure nicotine hunger is the most difficult option. After going through the abstinence phase of dependence on nicotine, you most likely will not want to smoke, the desire to smoke will be minimal. This desire can be dealt with without much effort. Such a cessation of smoking is quite difficult, but real.
And if you can not smoke while the nicotine withdrawal has gone, you will appreciate your abstinence, and later negative memories will fade and you will simply be happy that you finally got rid of the destructive habit.

Think about what will happen next if you suddenly become infected with a coronavirus (I strongly wish you to avoid this). At
it is not recommended to smoke any respiratory diseases, acute respiratory viral infections and influenza for a quick recovery, and with coronavirus infection I think everything is clear.

What to do if after throwing, some people begin to clear the body and cough, shortness of breath, in some cases bronchitis, etc. After all, you can confuse these symptoms with a coronavirus infection. Yes it is.
But if there is a risk of getting infected, it is better to stop smoking during the course of the disease, treatment, and after recovery?

All negative consequences after quitting smoking are temporary. The appearance of such consequences is strictly individual and depends on the length of smoking, the number of cigarettes smoked, lifestyle, age and general condition of the body.

Everyone decides for himself when he should stop smoking and whether it is worth it. If you are unable to quit smoking, do not want to, are afraid, put it off, or for whatever reason put it off, try to smoke less.

See how to recover from quitting smokingtaking into account quarantine measures and isolation.
Moreover, on self-isolation, the risk of infection is minimized, and recovery will be soft and smooth.

The origin of the virus is still in question. Also, new data constantly appear on the virus damage not only to the lungs but also to other organs, the appearance of new symptoms of coronavirus (rash, diarrhea, lack of temperature during lung damage), obviously this is due to the mutation of the virus and individual human immune responses to infectious invasion. From now on, the possibility of the emergence of new viruses and the emergence of pandemics or even syndromes in humanity will always be associated with the fear of contracting a deadly disease.
But in any case, the first to meet and try to block the infection is immunity. It is impossible to have good immunity and smoke. Even if you smoke and try to lead a lifestyle close to healthy.