Are smokers and tobacco users at higher risk of COVID-19 infection?
Smokers are likely to be more vulnerable to COVID-19 as the act of smoking means that fingers (and possibly contaminated cigarettes) are in contact with lips which increases the possibility of transmission of virus from hand to mouth. Smokers may also already have lung disease or reduced lung capacity which would greatly increase risk of serious illness.
Smoking products such as water pipes often involve the sharing of mouth pieces and hoses, which could facilitate the transmission of COVID-19 in communal and social settings.
Conditions that increase oxygen needs or reduce the ability of the body to use it properly will put patients at higher risk of serious lung conditions such as pneumonia.
Prevention continues to be critical in reducing the spread of the COVID-19 Virus. Social distancing is mandatory right now, however, the outbreak phase gets under control and testing is available.
We would like to stress the importance of regular check ups and periodic hygiene visits for the prevention and treatment of gum and general mouth problems that could increase the level of infection in our body and decrease the capacity of our immune system to fight any disease.
Call our office to schedule your routine dental hygiene visit and check up. You can reach us at 781-235-1900 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.