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Vaping May Increase Chances of Contracting COVID-19

April 14th, 2020

Over the past year, the increased popularity of vaping, primarily in younger adults, has led to an increase in severe acute respiratory illnesses.

Now, there is a new concern that those who vape regularly may be at greater risk of contracting COVID-19.

The U.S. Surgeon General has noted that smoking is linked to various ailments, including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pneumonia and coronary artery disease. All of these impair the immune system response and the ability to fight COVID-19.

“Vaping is extremely detrimental to one’s airway, causing irritation and inflammation,” said Louis Guida, MD, a Good Samaritan and St. Charles Hospital allergist. “COVID-19 also causes irritation and inflammation to the airway that can lead to respiratory distress syndrome.”

Dr. Guida noted that vaping can aggravate the inflammatory process, making someone who already has a compromised, irritated and inflamed airway more vulnerable to the detrimental effects of this virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that up to 20% of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 in the U.S. are between the ages of 20 and 44.

Also, the National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA) recently raised concerns about vaping and COVID-19. “Anything that compromises respiratory health may potentially increase susceptibility to (COVID-19) and its sometimes life-threatening complications,” NIDA wrote.

For the latest information on COVID-19, please visit the CHS Coronavirus Page.