Does smoking increase the risk of severe COVID-19?
Tobacco smoking is a known risk factor for many respiratory infections and increases the severity of respiratory diseases. A review of studies by public health experts convened by WHO on 29 April 2020 found that smokers are more likely to develop severe disease with COVID-19, compared to non-smokers.
How do I avoid spreading COVID-19 to other people?
See full answer• Getting vaccinated decreases the risk of being infected and infecting others.• If you develop any symptoms that are compatible with COVID-19, you should be tested for the virus as soon as possible, stay home, and follow local recommendations for isolation from others and medical care.• Cough or sneeze into your elbow, or into a tissue. If you use a tissue, dispose of it carefully after a single use and clean your hands.• Wear a face mask if you have symptoms and are in close contact with others (i.e., in a home setting).• Wearing a face mask is recommended for all people in closed public spaces or when in contact with vulnerable people such as the elderly.