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Video: Will A Nicotine Patch Help You Avoid Getting Sick With COVID-19? Scientists Are Going To Check
Will a nicotine patch help you avoid getting sick with COVID-19? Scientists are going to check
Doctors have again confirmed that there are far fewer smokers among COVID-19 patients than the general population average. They want to know if nicotine can really fight off the coronavirus.
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French scientists plan to test the effectiveness of nicotine patches in the prevention and treatment of COVID-19, The Guardian reports. They made this decision when an analysis of the incidence showed that smokers are rarely diagnosed with symptomatic forms of a new coronavirus infection.
Scientists emphasize that their findings do not suggest that people need to smoke for prevention. The side effects of smoking itself can be worse than COVID-19.
A study published by doctors at a major Parisian hospital on the Qeios platform has the potential to suggest that tobacco contains ingredients that reduce the risk of infection with the new coronavirus. They interviewed 480 COVID-19 patients, 350 of whom were hospitalized. It turned out that among hospitalized patients, the number of smokers was 4.4%, among those receiving treatment at home, 5.3% smoked.
The number of smokers among those infected with the new coronavirus was significantly lower than the average in the area served by the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital.
“Our study clearly shows that those who smoke every day are less likely to develop symptomatic or severe SARS-CoV-2 infection compared to the general population,” the scientists write. They noted that this is a rare efficacy for medicine: for inpatients, the risk has decreased by four times, for outpatients - by two.
French neuroscientist Jean-Pierre Changeux suggested that it is possible that nicotine prevents the virus from entering cells and may prevent the body from overreacting to the pathogen, which could potentially reduce the risk of serious complications.
Scientists want to test these assumptions in a study involving medical workers who work at the forefront of the fight against coronavirus and patients with COVID-19, including patients in intensive care units.