Translated from Danish after Klaus K emailed me with several studies strengthening the theory that smokers have some protection from new coronavirus:
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In one study of 140 confirmed patients in Wuhan District, there were 2 smokers and 7 ex-smokers – the remaining 131 patients were never smokers, corresponding to 94% of patients …
“The exact underlying causes of the lower incidence of COVID‐19 in current smokers are still unknown,” the authors write:
In the second study of 1099, covid-19 patients from 552 hospitals in China confirmed that 85% of patients were never smokers, while only 12% were smokers and 2% were ex-smokers:
In a third small study of 41 confirmed patients, 38 were found to be non-smokers (93%), while only 3 patients were smokers (7%). None of the 3 smoking cases were serious:
The figures should be compared to the fact that smoking is much more prevalent in China than here: Much less than half of the population are never-smokers in China. As many as 70% of men are daily or occasional smokers, while only about 5% of women claim to be smokers.
The remarkable and clear figures from these studies are undeniably suggesting that smoking can have a protective effect against covid-19 … just as smoking protects against a variety of bacteria and infections, probably due to nicotine …
But the numbers, of course, have not prevented the corrupt drug mafia from trying to spread the opposite claim in the media – as usual:
Just take a look at this article in which a WHO-leader is trying to speculate that smoking must be the cause of covid-19, because one study had more men than women among patients …
Oh, my God. The drug mafia knows no boundaries? You should never follow its advice. And the Danish Board of Health? Yes – unfortunately, it almost always lies when it comes to smoking:
But you already knew that.
So this is good news for all smokers. Feel free to share …
And here is a fourth study:
Setting: 52 severe hit covid-19 patients enrolled in the Wuhan Jin Yin-tan hospital in January.
32 of these patients died, leaving only 20 survivors. The group consisted of 50 non-smokers (96%) and 2 smokers (4%), who were both among the survivors.
Updated 18:00 GMT
Update 12 Mar 2020: From Klaus K: An additional explanation for the under-representation of smokers with covid-19 in China just turned up: Nicotine downregulates the ACE2 receptor. This is important, because the Wuhan Corona Virus uses ACE2 as its host receptor.