Beware, Smoking Can Increase the Risk of Covid-19 Transmission

DESKABABLE – Smoking is a lifestyle that can increase the risk of transmission Covid-19 and other non-communicable diseases.

“In addition to a smoker having to remove a mask while smoking, smoking in groups also often does not heed a safe distance,” said dr. Vito Anggarino Damay, Cardiologist, at the Government Dialogue and Ambassador for the Adaptation of New Habits held by the National Committee for Handling Covid-19 and National Economic Recovery (KPCPEN), Monday, 9 November 2020.

In addition, according to Vito, the risk of the virus entering from the hand holding the cigarette is still there. More than that, Covid-19 is a disease that attacks the lungs, while smoking impairs lung function and lowers immunity.

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According to him, when a smoker is infected Covid-19, it’s harder to fight this virus. Current evidence suggests that smokers have a higher mortality and severity rate than patients Covid-19 who is not a smoker.

“The most sorry for passive smokers. Because they are not cigarette connoisseurs but are indirectly affected by the smoke they inhale. Although indeed the heaviest is the smoker himself, because in the smoke there are inflammatory cells that cause our body’s defense ability to decrease. So that when infected with viruses and other diseases, it is easier to catch them, ”added Vito.

Non-communicable diseases, such as heart disease, do not need a special vaccine to fight them.

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This disease can be prevented by maintaining a healthy lifestyle. That way, the risk of developing coronary heart disease or heart attack can be avoided by up to 80%.

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