According to a new analysis from Mayo Clinic, people who use smokeless cigarettes and examine favourably for Covid-19 have a higher frequency of getting involved with Covid signs than people who don’t vape.
The study, released in the Journal of Primary Care & Community Health, located that signs and symptoms include muscle aches, headaches, body discomfort, upper body pain, diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting, and loss of taste and feeling of odour.
People who vaped and smoked tobacco, and checked favourable for Covid, experienced laboured breathing and had more frequent emergency department visits than those who did not vape.
“The study was designed to compare the frequency of common Covid-19 symptoms, such as loss of taste or smell, headache, muscle aches and chest tightness in Covid patients who vaped, compared with those who were not vapers,” said David McFadden, from Mayo Clinic.
The team interviewed more than 280 Covid-positive vapers and compared them with 1,445 Covid-positive people of the same age and gender and who don’t vape.
The investigators reported that these are common Covid symptoms more frequently among people who vape.
The use of e-cigarettes has grown significantly over the past decade, especially among high school students and young adults. However, the short- and long-term health effects of e-cigarettes are unknown.
“There are a lot of studies that have shown that e-cigarette use may be associated with inflammation in the lungs and also may cause severe lung injury in certain users, causing a condition called e-cigarette or vaping use-associated lung injury,” said Robert Vassallo, a Mayo Clinic pulmonologist & critical care specialist.
“Our research was not designed to test whether e-cigarette use increases the risk of acquiring Covid infection, but it indicates that symptom burden in patients with Covid-19 who vape is greater than in those who do not vape,” he added.
The research study kept in mind that the raised inflammation of lung tissue affected by Covid-19 infection and the swelling induced by vaping could get worse the chance of systemic swelling, with an involved rise in symptoms such as fever, myalgias, exhaustion, and headache.
“During a pandemic with a highly transmissible respiratory pathogen like SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes Covid-19), it is highly advisable to reduce or stop vaping and e-cigarette use and minimise the potential for increased symptoms and lung injury,” Vassallo said.