SMOKERS are more vulnerable to COVID-19 according to the Department of Health’s Beat COVID19 virtual presser.
Dr. Beverly Lorraine C. Ho, Director of the Health Promotion Bureau and Special Assistant to the Secretary of Health clarified that smokers, whose insusceptible frameworks are as of now undermined, are probably going to be progressively defenseless to COVID-19.
The demonstration of smoking implies that fingers (and potentially sullied cigarettes) are in contact with lips which expands the chance of transmission of infection from hand to mouth.
“Majority ng COVID-19 cases natin dito sa Pilipinas ay ang mga elderly at mga lalaki. Base sa ating datos, 42% of adult Filipino men are smokers (and about a million are vapers), gusto po natin silang paalalahanan na mas vulnerable po sila sa COVID-19 kaysa sa ibang tao,” Dir. Ho reported.
Smokers may also have lung disease or reduced lung capacity which would greatly increase risk of serious illness.
Dr. Ho also cited that conditions that increase oxygen needs or reduce the ability of the body to use it properly will put patients at higher risk of the consequences of bilateral viral pneumonia.
“Dahil po rito, pinapaki-usapan po namin ang ating mga smokers na huminto sa paninigarilyo para na po sa inyong kapakanan at kalusugan. Pinapa-alalahanan din po namin ang general public na umiiwas sa second hand smoke mula sa vape or sa regular cigerattes,” she concluded.