Vaping increases Covid-19 risk by up to 7 times

Hyperaxion Aug 12, 2020

A Stanford University study involving more than 4,000 Americans between the ages of 13 and 24 concluded that vaping is linked to increased Covid-19 risk.

A study by scientists at Stanford University in the United States looked at the link between vaping and Covid-19 in teenagers.

Vaping increases Covid-19 risk by up to 7 times
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Using data collected during the pandemic, the researchers found that young people who have this habit are five to seven times more likely to be infected with Sars-CoV-2 than those who do not.

“Teens and young adults need to know that if you use e-cigarettes, you are likely at immediate risk of COVID-19 because you are damaging your lungs,” said Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, Ph.D., professor of pediatrics and the study’s senior author, in a statement.

To conduct the research, the team collected information from 4,351 people aged between 13 and 24 years. Then they divided the participants into two groups: those who used e-cigarettes and those who had never used them.

They all answered questions about whether they had smoked at some point in their lives and whether they had vaped in the past 30 days.

They were also asked if they had symptoms of Covid-19, were tested for the disease, or received a positive diagnosis after being tested.

The results of the study, published this week in the Journal of Adolescent Health, show that young people who smoked and used e-cigarettes in the past month were almost five times more likely to have a cough, fever, tiredness and difficulty breathing, signs of Covid-19 infection.

Among participants who were tested for the disease, those who had used e-cigarettes a few times were five times more likely to have a positive result than those who did not. For those who used e-cigarettes and conventional cigarettes in the past 30 days, the likelihood was 6.8.

“Young people may believe their age protects them from contracting the virus or that they will not experience symptoms of COVID-19, but the data show this isn’t true among those who vape,” said study leader Shivani Mathur Gaiha. “It’s not just a small increase in risk; it’s a big one.”

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