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.
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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