A French study suggests that nicotine could prevent corona infections. In no case, you should not start smoking …
Smoking is harmful to health – but the nicotine contained in cigarettes could now be helpful at some point. A French study suggests that smokers may be at increased risk of contracting the virus. However, many doctors and addiction experts warn: nothing has been proven. The results of the study should not be taken literally. But what does it say?
350 hospitalized and 150 people with only mild symptoms were examined for the study. “Only five percent of patients were smokers,” says Professor Zahir Amoura, who wrote the study. His thesis: Nicotine prevents the coronavirus from attaching to cell receptors. This makes it difficult for it to spread through the body. “Nicotine acts as a blocker,” Zahir says.
A further phase of testing is now underway to verify the findings of the study that have not yet been confirmed. The aim of the three control groups is to determine how nicotine could actually be in the fight against coronavirus. Nurses at the Paris hospital are given nicotine patches to see if it helps fight the infection. Another corona infected group is given nicotine patches to find out if it alleviates symptoms. Finally, nicotine patches should also be used in the intensive care unit of seriously ill patients.
However, caution is needed: since the beginning of the crisis, the WHO has indicated that smokers may be at increased risk of coronavirus infection. This is because many smokers have impaired lung function due to tobacco consumption. Asked about the study, the French health minister also noted that smoking remains the number one cause of death in France.