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The Association of Smoking Status and COVID-19

April 27, 2020

COVID-19 is an emergent zoonotic disease which has reached pandemic levels and is designated a public health emergency of international concern. Because current and former tobacco use is known to increase the risk of respiratory infections and worsen health outcomes, the links between smoking status and COVID-19 outcomes are being closely monitored.

Researchers in the United Kingdom are rapidly examining the most current data on smoking and COVID-19 and synthesizing their findings in a biweekly report. Continue to visit this resource for the most up-to-date information on how tobacco use may impact infection and mortality from COVID-19.