Two diametrically opposed studies have come to light with the German Federal Health Information Center (BzGA) warning smokers of the particular risk of being infected with the coronavirus and a study by the University of Regensburg that coronavirus.
Because of the coronavirus, smokers are exposed to another risk of getting more serious. According to the data so far, smokers with damaged bronchi, at “increased risk of serious disease progression”, explains BZgA head Heidrun Thais.
A few months ago, researchers were able to prove that coronavirus causes damage to the lungs for a long time. Studies have also shown that smokers are more susceptible to infections. Therefore, the Federal Center for Health Information considers the risk of coronavirus as an additional reason to quit smoking. As early as May, experts warned that smokers may be at particular risk for the coronavirus.
Thais explained that “When someone smokes he brings his fingers regularly close to his face.” He noted, however, that “so far there are only a few important scientific studies on the relationship between smoking and coronavirus. But it is also generally known that smoking weakens the immune system and makes it more vulnerable to respiratory diseases. “Therefore, it is recommended to stop smoking at any time,” he stressed.
How ambiguous the findings of the research on the relationship between smoking and coronavirus are can be seen from last month’s publications: In context a study by the University of Regensburg, the researchers concluded that smokers are better protected against coronavirus infection. According to this study, on average, smokers had coronavirus symptoms for a much shorter period of time than non-smokers.