Health Authorities Warn Smokers of Higher Risk of COVID-19

  • By Yang Ji-ho

    April 06, 2020 10:48

    The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added smokers to the list of high-risk groups for COVID-19 on Sunday.

    Among those who test positive for the virus, high-risk groups are given priority in being admitted to hospitals amid a shortage of beds.

    Other high-risk groups include people aged 65 or over and those with other chronic diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure.

    Medical workers arrive for their shift at Keimyung University Dongsan Medical Center in Daegu on Monday. /Newsis

    Kwon Jun-wook, the deputy head of the KCDC, said, "Some studies suggest that smokers are 14 times more likely to develop serious symptoms if they are infected with COVID-19 than non-smokers."

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also classifies smokers as being at high-risk for the virus.

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