The entire world is waging war against the deadliest enemy of the century. The Covid-19 is causing a significant threat to our generation. The death toll is rising day by day; as of today, it has consumed over 191K lives across the world. Each day coronavirus is increasing the victim’s counts both in terms of new infection and also causing death to the infected people. With the increase in new cases, there are new claims regarding the spreading and its pattern of infecting the people. And in recent days, we are hearing the speculation about the link between vaping and coronavirus.
Claims About the Link Between Vaping and Coronavirus
There are many speculations about vaping attracting the coronavirus. Many people and bloggers are claiming that people who have vaping habits are more vulnerable in the entire population. So let us look at all the claims we heard so far.
Vaping Youths Becoming victims
Forty percent of people admitted to hospitals in the USA are between the age of 20 and 54, according to the data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and prevention. And many doctors are claiming that smoking and vaping cause lung damage and inflammation that can make coronavirus to invade the tissue and cause severe damage to the respiratory system. But the fact is there is no conclusive evidence to prove this claim.
Also, News reports have noted that among the hospitalized patients, many people have the habit of vaping. The National Institute on Drug Abuse claimed on its blog that people with substance use disorders, especially hard hit by the coronavirus, which includes the vapers also. Many theories with no scientific evidence have connected the previous outbreak of vaping related lung illness with coronavirus.
Is there any evidence for the linking?
Indeed preliminary data from the CDC shows that younger adults are also hit by coronavirus mostly. It reveals that adults ages 20 to 44 have accounted for nearly 3o percent of U.S. Coronavirus cases and 20 percent of related hospitalizations. And if we add the adults from the ages of 45 to 54, the percentage swells nearly 50%. This population includes many vapers. But the fact is there is no robust scientific backup for the relation between Covid-19 and vaping.
Science Behind these claims
The science of vaping is evolving day by day. A new paper said in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine claims after conducting research done with the people who were using the vapes from at least three years with the others who are not vaping has shown that there is 1.3 times higher risk for the vapers to get lung-related diseases. However, even they said the research is not a conclusive one because they are not sure of the long term effect of using the vapes.
And if you see the science and study of Covid-19, it is just a three-month-old, and there is no substantial evidence of vapers getting the coronavirus just because of their vaping habits. Hence putting these two topics together proves there is a lot of uncertainty to conclude anything.
The reason behind this linking
The main reason people claiming the linking between vaping and coronavirus is, it mainly destroys the respiratory system. And having pre-existing conditions – especially one related to a respiratory health condition enhances the chances that someone will experience the complication from the coronavirus. So, this caused the conclusion and formed the theory to link between the corona and vaping. But since even scientists can’t say for sure that vaping habits lead to health conditions like lung diseases or other chronic conditions, it is tough to conclude whether it creates more risk of getting coronavirus.
What experts say
Of course, the combustible cigarette smoking is a more apparent reason for this concern during the outbreak, says Dr. Michael Siegel. Siegel works as a professor of community health sciences, He is working at the Boston University School of Public Health. The data shows men are becoming victims to covid-19 than women, which could be associated with the fact that more men smoke than women. Especially in China, this pattern is being observed.
Dr. Michael Siegel says smoking-related conditions such as heart and lung-related diseases put people at risk of more severe illness. Smoking also inhibits the body’s ability to heal from the infections, he adds. The most important thing he says – “with vaping, we just don’t know,” and “We don’t have the evidence.”
Yasmin Thanavala, an immunologist at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo, Newyork, says that a few of her group’s animal research suggests vaping may prevent the body from recovering from bacterial infections. Since coronavirus is also a viral virus, people relate to vaping. However, she says the conclusion is just “on a theoretical basis.” So, even this theory is not scientific as there is no evidence to prove this.
Is quitting vaping a solution?
Yes, seeing all the claims and evidence shows there is no direct link between the covid-19 and vaping from the research conducted so far. So, e-cigarettes users without known lung injuries should not quit because they tend to go back to using combustible tobacco smoking.
Siegel says. “Relapsing to smoking is the worst thing they could do.” But the people vape for recreational vapers, this may be the final push needed to quit – and this is the silver mining to the situation Siegel adds.
Dr. Stanton Glantz, working as a professor in the field of medicine at the University of California, says – “If you’re going to do one or the other, in terms of these respiratory effects, you’re probably better off with an e-cigarette.”
Well, the rumors and speculations are not new in the modern social media world. Having seen all the claims, it is evident that there is nothing conclusive to conclude now. Even we are yet to know entirely about the Covid-19 because everyone thought it is going to claim the lives of aged people. But now we are witnessing the causality of even young people and kids. Hence it is better to know entirely about what we are confronting and how to deal with it before making any conclusions.