We have always been told about the dangers that the consumption of tobacco poses to all of us. Some of us though keep throwing caution to the winds and neither curb nor give up consumption of tobacco. With the advent of the pandemic, tobacco consumption assumes a higher and graver risk. So, what are the risks that are elevated by those consuming tobacco and who unfortunately also contract the deadly covid-19 virus?
Medical practitioners recommend certain breathing exercises that may hasten the recovery process apart from the prescribed medication.
Tobacco is known to cause many deaths in India. A high level of nicotine that is contained in tobacco is a high-risk factor. It causes chronic diseases like cancer, Tuberculosis, lower respiratory tract infections, heart and lung diseases, and many other ailments. Damage to the airway and lungs is caused by toxic smoke. Even those who are non-smokers but in the company of smokers are passive smokers and inhale the smoke thereby getting infected too.
Tobacco smoking suppresses the immune system and if a smoker gets affected with COVID, the immune system is already compromised and cannot fight back effectively. While smoking they also hold the cigarette so their fingers can pass on the infection through the mouth. The chances of the COVID-19 virus getting transmitted becomes much higher. Apart from getting infected themselves, they can act as super spreaders. Through their cough, sneeze, and spit, chances of the COVID-19 Virus spread becomes elevated.
Their recovery rate if infected with the disease is very slow. They also run the risk of developing post-COVID fibrosis. They also have to undergo oxygen therapy treatment for long spells.
On World No Tobacco Day today, we must pledge to stay off tobacco and minimize the risks to our health!