Tobacco users more likely at risk of Covid-19: WHO
By migrator | Tue, 12 May 2020
HEALTH | MAY 12, 2020:
Every year, tobacco kills around 8 million people globally, where over 7 million of these deaths are from direct tobacco use and around 1.2 million are due to non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke.
Tobacco smoking is a known risk factor for many respiratory infections and increases the severity of respiratory diseases. A review of studies by public health experts convened by WHO on 29 April 2020 found that smokers are more likely to develop severe disease with COVID-19, compared to non-smokers.