3 Dangers of Corona Virus in Smokers
Windowofworld.com – One of the groups considered to be the most susceptible to being infected with the Corona virus is smokers. In addition, the severity of COVID-19 experienced by smokers is usually also heavier than nonsmokers.
Corona virus or severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is a virus that attacks the respiratory system and can cause acute lung infections, even death.
Corona virus infection or COVID-19 can cause mild symptoms such as flu, can also cause severe and fatal symptoms. Groups of people who are at high risk for experiencing severe symptoms of COVID-19 are the elderly, sufferers of certain diseases, people with obesity, and smokers.
Why are smokers vulnerable to Corona Virus infected?
When smoking, your hands will touch your lips more often. This can increase the risk of virus transfer from hand to mouth, especially if the hands are not washed frequently.
In addition, exposure to smoke from tobacco cigarettes and aerosols from e-cigarettes can weaken the respiratory tract and reduce the body’s immune system’s ability to fight germs, including the Corona virus. This makes smokers more prone to infections.
Smoking sisha is also no safer. Sisha is usually used together by a group of people. Gathering like this alone can increase the risk of transmission of the virus from sprinkling of saliva while chatting or laughing, not to mention if someone is coughing or sneezing.
Sisha is smoked using an instrument such as a hose. This hose is often used interchangeably so it has the potential to be a means of transfer of the Corona virus from one person to another.
Why is Corona Virus Dangerous for Smokers?
Smoking can cause damage to the lungs and airways which will cause diseases of the respiratory system, such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and even lung cancer.
These conditions can reduce the function of the lungs to take oxygen from the air. If Corona virus infection occurs, lung function will decrease further so that sufferers are very at risk of experiencing shortness of breath which can be fatal.
Not only causes respiratory distress, smoking can also lead to various other diseases, such as cardiovascular disease (heart and blood vessels) or cancer in other organs outside the respiratory system. These diseases can weaken the immune system, making it difficult for the body to fight the incoming Corona virus.
As a result, the virus is more easily reproduce and cause more damage to the airways and lungs. If the smoker has decreased lung function, Corona virus infection will certainly make this condition worse.
This is what causes smokers more at risk of complications and death from the Corona virus.
Dangers Faced by Smokers when Infected with Corona Virus
The following are some dangerous complications due to COVID-19 that can be experienced by smokers:
Pneumonia is a lung infection that causes inflammation of the air sacs in the lungs. This inflammation makes it difficult for sufferers to breathe and bind oxygen from the air. As a result, oxygen supply to the blood and to all body tissues will decrease.
2. Acute respiratory distress syndrome
Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is one of the most common complications of COVID-19. This condition can be a continuation of pneumonia.
ARDS arises from damage to the lungs that are already very severe and causes fluid to seep into the lungs. As a result, the lungs cannot supply enough oxygen to the bloodstream.
3. Acute respiratory failure
Respiratory failure occurs when the lungs can no longer supply enough oxygen to the blood and cannot remove carbon dioxide from the blood. This condition will cause disruption of the gas balance in the blood and have a negative impact on organs in the body, such as the kidneys, liver, and heart, which can even cause death.
During the outbreak of the Corona virus, start living healthy by not smoking. Prevent COVID-19 by doing physical distancing, eating nutritious food, diligently washing hands, exercising regularly, and getting enough rest.
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