The growth of coronavirus worldwide continues to be a major concern for the government, residents, health workers, and researchers of all countries. As more and more information about vaccines, treatment, and preventive methods to fight the virus is being found, it has come to the fore that some kinds of people fall under the high-risk category. Like older men and women, pregnant women, people already suffering from a serious illness, smokers have been placed in the high-risk category.
This is how coronavirus helps
According to a study has found that smoking can 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) lives in an increased amount of smoking people in the body as well as in people who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This enzyme helps viruses to go to the lungs, and also makes it easier to reattack the virus.
Research on China's data
The data for this research was taken from China. In China, it was found that the mortality rate in men and especially in smoking men was much higher than in women. For this research, samples of 21 patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) were taken, and 21 samples of people who do not have COPD but smoke. The research found that ACE-2 was present at high levels in the body of both COPD patients and smokers.
Increased coronavirus risk for smokers
Previously, it was said that smoking damages the lungs, and the coronavirus also infects the lungs, so the risk increases for those who smoke. However, recent research has shown that smoking increases a kind of enzyme in the body that helps the coronavirus to infect the lungs.
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