Research finds Vaping elevates frequency of Covid symptoms

According to new Mayo Clinic research, those who use electronic cigarettes and test positive for Covid-19 have a higher likelihood of developing Covid symptoms than those who don't. Headaches, muscle aches and pains, chest pain, nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea, and loss of smell or taste are among the symptoms, according to the study published in the Journal of Primary Care & Community Health. Vapers who also smoked tobacco and tested positive for Covid had laboured breathing and were more likely to visit the emergency room than those who did not vape.

"The study was meant to assess the frequency of common Covid-19 symptoms such loss of taste or smell, headache, muscle aches, and chest tightness among Covid patients who vaped vs those who did not vape," stated Mayo Clinic's David McFadden.

The research team interviewed over 280 Covid-positive vapers and compared them with 1,445 Covid-positive people of the equivalent  age and gender, and who don't vape. The study found that patients who vape reported all of these common Covid symptoms more frequently.

E-cigarette use has risen dramatically in recent years, particularly among high school students and young adults, despite the fact that the short- and long-term health implications of e-cigarettes are unknown. "A number of studies have indicated that e-cigarette use is linked to lung inflammation and may induce severe lung injury in some users, leading to a condition known as e-cigarette or vaping use-associated lung injury," said Robert Vassallo, a Mayo Clinic pulmonologist and critical care expert.

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