Why Smoking Spikes the Risk for COVID-19?

Smoking could increase the risk of COVID-19 complications. Here’s what you need to know. 

Timestamps
0:07 COVID-19 and smoking 
0:14 Why is smoking a risk factor?
0:24 What is an ACE2 receptor?
0:35 Coronavirus and smoking
1:11 Coronavirus and the lung tissue 
1:37 Nicotine and COVID-19

Today we’re going to talk about why smoking can increase the risk of COVID-19 complications. Smoking could also increase your risk of getting an infection in your lungs. 

Smoking is a risk factor because it can significantly increase ACE2 receptors. In your cells, you have a lot of different receptors, and there’s one for the ACE2 protein, which is an enzyme. 

The way that the coronavirus gets into the cell is through this little ACE2 portal. COVID-19 has little projections that basically connect to the ACE2 receptors. Once it connects, the doors open, and it can go into the cell and create destruction. Smoking can increase the number of little portals. The more portals this virus can enter, the more susceptible you are to getting an infection. 

The lung tissue actually has the most concentration of these ACE2 receptors. Once the coronavirus is in your lungs, it creates a lot of damage within the airways. At this point, you can start to develop scar tissue and fluid in the airways. The membranes become thickened, and you start to lose your capacity to exchange oxygen and CO2.

It’s the chronic nicotine inhalation, not just from smoking, but from vaping as well that could be an issue. If you quit smoking within 24 hours there could be a huge improvement. 

In 2019, 43% of Italian smokers, smoked between 10-19 cigarettes per day. Two countries that are really getting hit with this virus are Italy and Spain. Both of these countries have a lot of smokers. 

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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The Health & Wellness, Dr. Berg Nutritionals and Dr. Eric Berg, D.C. are not liable or responsible for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis or any other information, services or product you obtain through this video or site.

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