Smoking may put people at greater COVID-19 risk, researchers say

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As hospitals across the country combat the novel coronavirus, UC Davis Health is trying to prevent the spread by warning cancer patients now.

Doctors at the UC Davis Cancer Center are starting to send letters to current and former smokers, warning them that smoking may make them more susceptible to COVID-19. The letters say in part:

  • “Smoking doubles the risk of developing respiratory infections.
  • “Smoking can worsen outcomes for COVID-19 with greater likelihoods of needing ICU care, a ventilator, and death.
  • “Vaping can cause lung injury, especially in young people, which can make a COVID-19 infection worse.”

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