Coronavirus infection 5 times more likely among youth who vape, study finds

Coronavirus infection 5 times more likely among youth who vape, study finds

Nursing home residents on kidney dialysis had roughly three times the rate of COVID-19 compared to those not receiving treatment, US health researchers found in a study of a Maryland facility. For example, respondents who said they used tobacco products in the past month were less likely to test positive for the coronavirus than those who said they had tried smoking or vaping at least once in the past. These young adults may share e-cigarettes and in the process, an infected teen can transmit the virus inadvertently.

Researchers found that young people who had used cigarettes and e-cigarettes in the previous 30 days were almost five times as likely to experience COVID-19 symptoms, such as coughing, fever, tiredness and difficulty breathing as those who never smoked or vaped.

Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine looked at connections between youth vaping and Covid-19 cases in the U.S. They analyzed online surveys conducted in May by 4,351 people between the ages of 13 and 24.

The Stanford study wasn't created to show how tobacco products increase the risk of getting infected, and there isn't enough evidence to say the products themselves, rather than some other factor associated with smoking or vaping, are responsible.

Halpern-Fisher reiterated that it is already widely known how vaping can affect the lungs as well as create a negative impact on the immune system.

Eleven new Covid-19 cases were recorded yesterday, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 9,114. "What this [study] changes, is that we're now seeing that it actually could have short term health effects", she says. The sample reflects roughly equal numbers of people of different ages, races, and genders, and the results were adjusted for confounding variables like the number of COVID-19 cases in survey participants' states and whether participants followed shelter-in-place orders.

Addressing a viral message of a Form Five student from a school in Lembah Pantai who had tested positive for Covid-19, Noor Hisham clarified that the student had only tested positive for dengue so far. That makes it more of an unbiased sample, Halpern-Felsher explains. Ultimately, that could give doctors a better understanding of how at-risk their young patients are during the pandemic.

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