World No-Tobacco Day: The increasing prevalence of coronavirus worldwide remains a matter of great concern to the government, residents, health workers, and researchers of all countries.
As more and more information is being learned about vaccines, treatment, and prevention methods to fight the virus, it has come to light that certain types of people fall into the high-risk category. For example, older men and women, pregnant women, people with chronic illnesses, people who smoke, are placed in the high-risk category.
This is how corona virus helps
According to a report, a study has found that smoking may increase the risk of coronavirus as it increases enzymes that carry the coronavirus into lung cells. According to a research published in the European Respiratory Journal, an enzyme named S-2 (ACE-2) is found in increased amounts in the body of people who smoke, as well as those who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Huh. This enzyme helps the virus to enter the lungs, and also makes it easier to attack the virus again.
Research done on China’s data
The data for this research was taken from China. In China, it was found that the death rate was much higher in men than women, and especially in men who smoked.
For this research, 21 patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) were sampled, and 21 of those who did not have COPD but smoked. This research found that high levels of ACE-2 were present in both COPD patients and non-smokers.
Corona virus risk increased for smokers
Previously, it was stated that smoking damages the lungs, and the coronavirus also infects the lungs, therefore increasing the risk for those who smoke. However, recent research has revealed that smoking increases a type of enzyme in the body that helps the coronavirus to infect the lungs.