Smokers more at risk in coronavirus fight, study says
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A recent study suggests that smoking could contribute to complications brought on by COVID-19.
“There has never been a better time to quit smoking to protect yourself from COVID-19,” Janice Leung, a respirologist who led the research, told Bloomberg.
The study, which was published in the European Respiratory Journal on Thursday, reported that smoking can elevate levels ACE-2, an enzyme that assists the virus in entering cells in the lungs.
The Bloomberg report said researchers found higher levels of ACE-2 in COVID-19 patients and smokers. The report also pointed out that the mortality rates among men in China were far higher than women. Men there smoke at a far higher percentage than women.
There are, of course, other factors known to increase the …continued .
[Source: Fox News]