As Covid-19 cases continue to surge, more and more young people are getting diagnosed globally.
In a recent study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, it has been revealed that young people and teens who engage in vaping and smoking are seven times more likely to be diagnosed with this Covid-19 coronavirus that caused a worldwide pandemic. Youngsters who only vape are five times more likely to be diagnosed with Covid-19.
The research aimed to assess whether the use of cigarettes or electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) among youths are associated with Covid-19. An online survey method was conducted in the United States, the country with the most Covid-19 cases in the world.
World Health Organisation (WHO) said that young people aged 15 to 24 years old are leading a rise in new Covid-19 cases worldwide, according to Reuters. People who are young are also at higher risk of spreading the virus, which is quite disturbing if you really think about it.
Vaping and smoking have always been unhealthy and can lead to many respiratory and lung diseases. Back in February, there were also reports by medical experts indicating that smokers post a higher risk of suffering severely from Covid-19.
Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, the senior author of the study also said that:
“Look, this is a pandemic … this is the time for you to quit and not start vaping.”
Although the research does not reveal the exact reason of how vaping can increase the likelihood of young people getting sick, it might be because of the way vaping affects the lungs as well as the immune system, according to The Verge.
The vapers or smokers may also be exposed to Covid-19 for other reasons, such as sharing their vaping devices.
Vaping and smoking have always been known for their bad effects on our bodies, the environment, as well as the people around us. So perhaps now’s the time to reconsider your actions, especially since we’re in the middle of a pandemic.