Smoking linked to higher risk of hospitalization, death from COVID-19
(CNN) – Getting infected with COVID-19 could result in devastating consequences for smokers.
A new study in the British medical journal Thorax observed more than 400,000 people who battled the coronavirus.
It found people who currently smoke and get COVID-19 are 80% more likely to be hospitalized.
They’re also at a much higher risk of dying from the virus.
Researchers did say current smokers are not at a higher risk of facing a confirmed COVID-19 infection.
Experts who conducted the study said they wanted to push back against early pandemic theories that smokers face a less severe infection after catching the virus.
They said both smoking and COVID-19 take terrible tolls on human lives.
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