Vaping linked to risk of COVID-19 in teens, young adults – Reuters

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( Reuters) – Vaping might be associated with a five to seven times increased threat of COVID-19 amongst U.S. teens and young adults, a study released on Tuesday recommends.
Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine analyzed nationally representative study information collected in May from 4,351 individuals aged 13– 24 years. The findings were released in the Journal of Adolescent Health.
” Young individuals may believe their age protects them from contracting the infection or that they will not experience symptoms of COVID-19, however the data show this isnt true among those who vape,” research study leader Shivani Mathur Gaiha stated in a press statement.
Participants were asked if they had actually ever utilized vaping devices or combustible cigarettes, whether they had vaped or smoked in the previous 30 days, and if they had experienced COVID-19 symptoms, been tested for COVID-19 or been diagnosed with the contagious disease.
Participants who had actually utilized both cigarettes and e-cigarettes in the previous 30 days were 4.7 times most likely to experience COVID-19 signs compared with those who never ever smoked or vaped.
Amongst individuals checked for COVID-19, those who used just e-cigarettes were five times more most likely to get a favorable COVID-19 test outcome. Those who had actually ever used both cigarettes and e-cigarettes were 7 times more likely to be detected with COVID-19, the study found.
The study can not show that vaping causes COVID-19. The scientists note, however, that vaping includes the duplicated touching of hands to the mouth and face, which is associated with the spread of COVID-19. Further, exposure to nicotine and other chemicals in e-cigarettes and combustible cigarettes causes lung damage.
The researchers hope their findings will prompt the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to successfully regulate e-cigarettes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Reporting by Vishwadha Chander in Bengaluru; modifying by Nancy Lapid and Steve Orlofsky

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The study can not prove that vaping causes COVID-19. The researchers keep in mind, however, that vaping includes the duplicated touching of hands to the mouth and face, which is associated with the spread of COVID-19. Further, exposure to nicotine and other chemicals in e-cigarettes and combustible cigarettes triggers lung damage.