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French Researchers Plan Study Using Nicotine Patches on COVID-19 Patients

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A nicotine patch on a man's arm (Marcus Brandt/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images)

By    |   Thursday, 23 April 2020 09:18 PM

Can nicotine prevent or lessen the deadly effects of coronavirus?

A team of French researchers believes that it can, and plans to put nicotine patches on Coronavirus patients, including those in intensive care, and frontline medical workers to test their theory.

Studies at the Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital found that only 4.4 per cent of hospitalized COVID-19 patients smoked, and among those recovered from infection, 5.3 per cent  smoked.

The theory is that nicotine may block the coronavirus from getting into cells in the body, French neurobiologist Jean-Pierre Changeux noted.

The team which conducted the study said, “Our cross-sectional study strongly suggests that those who smoke every day are much less likely to develop asymptomatic or severe infection with Sars-CoV-2 compared with the general population. The effect is significant. It divides the risk by five for ambulatory patients and by four for those admitted to the hospital. We rarely see this in medicine.”

However, the World Health Organization (WHO) disagrees, stating, “Smokers are likely to be more vulnerable to COVID-19 as the act of smoking means that fingers (and possibly contaminated cigarettes) are in contact with lips which increases the possibility of transmission of virus from hand to mouth. Smokers may also already have lung disease or reduced lung capacity which would greatly increase risk of serious illness.”

Deborah Arnott, head of Action on Smoking and Health, cautions that people should not smoke, and told The Sun, “The UK symptom tracker data is now showing that smokers are at an increased risk of developing symptoms of COVID-19. There is also evidence that smokers in hospital who have coronavirus are at a higher risk than non-smokers of severe illness and death.”

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