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Vape Users Increase the Covid-19 Spread by 17%

Did you know that Covid-19 patients can spread nearly 1000 droplets within the range of two meters through vape smoke? The news study confirms that vape users have a higher likelihood to spread coronavirus urging a ban on the use of vape and other electronic smoking devices in public places especially those where people stand close proximity to each other.  These tiny droplets can also spread while talking, laughing, sneezing, and coughing, implying to go to the basic Covid-19 precautions to maintain a safe distance.

A Covid-19 patient who smokes vape is 17% highly likely to transmit it to others, with vape smoke which they blow while they breathe out. A new study has confirmed that this blowing of vape smoke carries thousands of viral particles that directly fall to nearby objects or people and can be exhaled with breaths by a person around.

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It is already proven that the deadly Coronavirus particles can travel for two meters or more, which meets with the social distancing guidelines shared by all leading health agencies. Health experts have called out authorities to put a restriction on not using vapes or similar devices while waiting at bus stops, metros, standing in queues anywhere. These cases possess an ideal situation for the virus to infect other people, even without anyone noticing this link.

The research team comprised of health experts from Italy, Mexico, and New Zealand worked to find out the spread of Covid-19 in public places. They say it is crucial to educate people not to vape while in public especially when they are in a large crowd. Even low-intensity vaping carries a high risk to anyone who happens to use vape more frequently might carry the bigger risk.

They didn’t associate these results with smoking cigarettes outdoors but they said that these results are also similar for any other smoking exhalation practices. The team tried to measure the viral load inside a vape cloud (low intensity) and found it is sufficient to push this risk up to 17% higher to spread Covid-19.

Some other studies have already shed a light on how smoking increases the risk of chronic symptoms and increased hospitalizations among Covid-19 patients. This current study has the status of first-ever evidence, using real-world information that smokers and vapers put others’ health at a higher risk than non-smokers. In the meantime, these two groups were also found to be most likely to be affected by Covid-19 complications as their lungs are already comprised because of excessive smoking.

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Right now, this study is published in a pre-print version of MedRxiv. It will take some time to get it peer-revied which means there might be much more to add to it after it is scrutinized by the experts.

Health experts suggest that coronavirus travels through small droplets that are traveled through the air and are released when an infected person talks, laughs, sings, coughs or sneezes. Getting infected from a contaminated surface that has been touched by a Covid-19 patient is very unlikely and most of these transmissions are direct, from the infected person.


Areeba Hussain

The author is a fulltime medical and healthcare writer. She graduated in Medical Microbiology and Immunology with distinction. Her areas of prime interest are medicine, medical technology, disease awareness, and research analysis. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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