PRIVATE ZONE – Teenagers and young people who smoke e-cigarettes or e-cigarettes are more than seven times more likely to be infected with Covid-19, compared to their peers who don’t use e-cigarettes.
According to a study published Tuesday, August 11, 2020 in the Journal of Adolescent Health, young people who smoke cigarettes as well as vape are almost five times more likely to experience the symptoms of this new coronavirus.
Symptoms include coughing, fever, fatigue, and difficulty breathing, which are more common than those who have never smoked or used e-cigarettes, as explained by the research results.
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This can explain why they are also most likely to receive a Covid-19 test, which was carried out in May, when this study was conducted, many areas were limited to Covid-19 testing for people with symptoms like the above.
“This study is only one of many studies showing that using e-cigarettes triggers harmful outcomes in the lungs,” study leader Bonnie Halpern-Felsher told UPI.
“This discovery is a call to young people not to try vaping cigarettes and if they are already vaping, please stop quickly, especially this time around during the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Halpern-Felsher, a professor of pediatrics at Stanford University.
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In the past few years, in the United States nearly 3,000 teenagers have been hospitalized with a disease called e-cigarette and vaping lung injury or EVALI for short, and dozens have died from lung damage caused by using these products.