Vaping Does Not Increase Covid-19 Risk or Severity

A Mayo Clinic study has concluded that vaping (use of electronic cigarettes) does not increase a person’s risk of contracting Covid-19 or the severity of symptoms if contracted. This is not to say that a person should continue vaping during the weeks after diagnosis or while symptomatic. It just means that vaping won’t make you more likely to catch “the Rona”, and having vaped doesn’t mean your symptoms will be worse.

As many doctors and nurses are shouting to the world, Covid-19 is both a respiratory and vascular problem. Breathing in general is difficult, and anything from car exhaust to dust particles to scented candle fumes can trigger sensitivity. This does not mean however, that vaping increases your Covid risks more than say, shower steam.

Before you get too happy about this though, remember that displacing your mask around people or where particles may linger in the air definitely does increase your risk. Vaping itself may not be a problem, but behaviors associated with vaping such as unmasking and blowing your breath all over can put you and others in danger. So the good news does not mean that it’s okay to be impolite or mindless in where and how you vape.

Please be safe out there. Blessings and Ashe!

Source: Electronic Cigarette Use Is Not Associated with COVID-19 Diagnosis – Thulasee Jose, Ivana T. Croghan, J. Taylor Hays, Darrell R. Schroeder, David O. Warner, 2021

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