British media: Study says smokers are more susceptible to coronavirus

Who is most susceptible to coronavirus? As new research provides more clues, lung experts warn that smoking may be linked to complications of coronavirus, British media said. Researchers have released a large number of data showing clear patterns in people with the new coronavirus pneumonia, the Daily Telegraph reported on February 14.

British media: Study says smokers are more susceptible to coronavirus

A new analysis of the first 8,000 cases of the new coronavirus by Chinese and U.S. researchers shows that men are more likely to be diagnosed with the new coronavirus, more likely to develop severe cases such as pneumonia, and more likely to die, the report said.

Reported that men are more susceptible to infection may be a high risk of tobacco addiction.

Analysis of patients by Chinese and U.S. researchers shows that men are at greater risk of contracting the new coronavirus, with 55 percent of confirmed cases being men.

The analysis also showed that men were more likely to develop more serious complications – 61.5 percent of patients diagnosed with severe pneumonia were men. The mortality rate for male patients is more than three times that of women. The study found that 4.45 percent of male patients died, compared with 1.25 percent for female patients.

Studies show that older men are particularly at risk. Nearly 10 percent of male patients over the age of 60 died in the study.

Researchers don’t fully understand why men are more susceptible to the disease, but two previous coronavirus outbreaks, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), have also been present.

Some researchers say this may be due to lifestyle factors, especially smoking.

According to the latest WHO data, 52.1 per cent of Chinese men smoke, while only 2.7 per cent of Chinese women smoke. In the UK, the proportion of male and female smokers is 16.5 per cent and 13 per cent, respectively.

The report said higher smoking rates were also more severely associated with SARS and MERS symptoms.

Gisley Jenkins, a leading UK respiratory disease specialist and professor of experimental medicine at the University of Nottingham, says smokers have a higher rate of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are at higher risk of respiratory diseases, such as this one.

Sanjay Agrawal, head of the tobacco advisory group at the Royal College of Physicians, said studies showed that smokers were twice as likely as nonsmokers to develop pneumonia. “Smokers are more likely to be infected,” he said. The reason is that smoking affects resistance and smokers are more susceptible to viruses and bacteria. “