Studies have found that four times fewer smokers contracted COVID-19 than non-smokers. Thus the frontline healthcare workers and patients in France might be given nicotine patches.
This is the result of the statistical outcome of an in-depth study conducted by a leading French research centre Pasteur Institute. 700 teachers and pupils of a school were tested in Crépy-en-Valois in one of the hardest-hit areas in France, as well as their families.
The findings of the research revealed that just 7.2% of the smokers from among the adults tested positive for coronavirus while four times as many non-smokers, some 28% were infected.
An epidemiologist at the institute Arnaud Fontanet warned that they are not encouraging anyone to take up smoking. He said that the smokers who do catch coronavirus “risk suffering more complications” than others. As per scientists, the nicotine in cigarettes could be the reasons behind this surprising result.
Earlier a study from China impelled Public Health England and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States to put smoking on the list of ‘risk factors’ for coronavirus
Public Health England said, “Smoking tobacco is known to damage the lungs and airways causing a range of severe respiratory problems. The evidence clearly shows the Covid-19 virus attacks the respiratory system, which explains why smokers are at greater risk. A small but highly impactful survey from China finds that smokers with Covid-19 are 14 times more likely to develop severe disease.”
However the Pasteur Institute results speak otherwise.