Can inhaling second hand smoke infect you of coronavirus? Is that a troubling question? Is it turning difficult convincing a family member or a friend to abstain from smoking in times of the pandemic? Here's something that should help address your concern.
The generic understanding is Vaping or Smoking cannot result in direct infection, although experts have ruled out the claims from such guidance. Medical practitioners and researchers believe second-hand smoke is least likely to directly spread the virus, but smokers are likely to blow droplets in air and these tiny drops could carry the coronavirus causing pathogens while exhaling.
Being able to smell the smoke might be a red flag that you're standing too close to the smoker. The respiratory droplets people spray when they talk, cough or sneeze are believed to be causing Covid-infection. And people also exhale those droplets when smoking, as well as when they're vaping.
"Not only are they potentially spreading virus by not wearing a mask, they are blowing those droplets to the people around them to potentially get infected," says Dr. Albert Rizzo, chief medical officer for the American Lung Association.
You should steer clear of secondhand smoke regardless. Breathing in secondhand smoke from cigarettes can cause various health problems, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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