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Could smoking and vaping be helping to spread the coronavirus?

 

Researchers surveyed more than 4,000 teenagers and young adults, looking for a link between COVID-19 and the use of traditional cigarettes and e-cigarettes.

The coronavirus was seven times more likely to appear among young people who smoked both types. “These patients put their hands to their mouth, and they might not wear the mask at the same time or they can’t,” said Dr. Fariba Rezaee, with the Cleveland Clinic. “The other problem is that, especially with the teenagers, they share this product with each other, so that’s another risk factor.”