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Scientists are perplexed by the low rate
of coronavirus hospitalizations among
smokers. Nicotine may hold the answer.

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Posted By: NorthernDog, 4/28/2020 5:13:39 PM

No experts are remotely advocating for people to take up smoking to prevent COVID-19, but some researchers have theorized nicotine may be playing some role in keeping the virus at bay, Vice reports. That's because there's a surprisingly low rate of smokers among coronavirus hospitalizations. In France, for example, 25 percent of the population smokes, but only 5.3 percent of coronavirus patients have been recorded as smokers, and studies have found low rates in China and New York City, as well. Greek cardiologist and tobacco harm-reduction specialist Konstantinos Farsalinos thinks nicotine (crucially, not tobacco) might be lessening the intensity of


That's odd. Initially they were saying the majority of COVID victims were smokers. Now they say - Smoke 'em if you got 'em.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: thethirdruffian 4/28/2020 5:18:26 PM (No. 394636)
FWIW, I have ADHD. I hate the meds and a friend recommended I suck on a Nicorrette when I needed to focus on something I was reading. I tried it, and it worked. Doctors says, provided I don't have a heart condition or HBP, it's fine. Anyway, my wife had a mild case of the Wuhan. Basically the flu, plus abdominal things. Bad 4-5 days. Little scary. My daughters got the sniffles and mild fever. I've had no symptoms and tested negative for the disease. I have not had the antibody test. The assumption is I was an asymptomatic infectee. But maybe I just didn't get it.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Safari Man 4/28/2020 5:25:02 PM (No. 394646)
Now we’ll have smoking required on planes and in restaurants. You’ll be scowled at if you do NOT smoke. Mad world!
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Reply 3 - Posted by: bad-hair 4/28/2020 5:27:39 PM (No. 394649)
Believe me. The day to day symptoms of smoking a pack a day are worse. I finally put that away 4 years ago and I am never doing it again. If you smoke QUIT. by whatever means possible. If you DON"T smoke for God's sake DON"T START
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Reply 4 - Posted by: droopydog 4/28/2020 5:30:16 PM (No. 394652)
Now, if I can just get beer and potato chips added to the list, we might have a REAL breakthrough.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: chance_232 4/28/2020 5:33:32 PM (No. 394655)
#4 I have it on good authority that you can eat anything you want and still lose weight if you chase it with a diet Coke.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: WV.Hillbilly 4/28/2020 5:37:49 PM (No. 394660)
Once you get a good coat of tar on your lungs, it makes it harder for the Wuhan virus to catch on.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Urgent Fury 4/28/2020 5:41:17 PM (No. 394666)
Guarantee some people start smoking because of this headline.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: lakerman1 4/28/2020 5:54:17 PM (No. 394678)
#6 may be correct.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: DVC 4/28/2020 6:21:14 PM (No. 394705)
Interesting information, #1. Glad your family is through it. I assume you have thought about how you might have gotten it....anything interesting there?
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Ogden Pod 4/28/2020 6:22:36 PM (No. 394708)
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Reply 11 - Posted by: jalo1951 4/28/2020 6:35:14 PM (No. 394724)
No coronavirus victims ate brussel sprouts. If you eat brussel sprouts you will not get coronavirus. s/o It has gotten this silly.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Newtsche 4/28/2020 6:39:23 PM (No. 394727)
Vape. I mix my own, PG/VG/nic, nothing else.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: or gate 4/28/2020 6:47:43 PM (No. 394733)
Where is my penny, I solved the puzzle. Quine makes the mosquitoes not want to bite you because you stink. Tobacco makes you stink and no-one will kiss you. The virus likes people that smell good... Now where did I put my stogie?
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Reply 14 - Posted by: JackBurton 4/28/2020 7:11:26 PM (No. 394753)
And to think, they were cracking down on all the kids who were vaping... ...for their own good!
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Reply 15 - Posted by: EQKimball 4/28/2020 7:40:40 PM (No. 394778)
Ultimately, liberals will be against any early cure to the disease, because they believe they have both capitalism and Trump on the ropes. Destroy freedom and create the new Utopia. For progressives, the current national nightmare is actually a dream come true.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: chumley 4/28/2020 7:44:05 PM (No. 394781)
Ha! Eat that you miserable Karens! After a nagging lecture from my former doctor, I asked him, with all the horrible things ascribed to smoking, what did people die from before it was invented? His answer was, "something else." Exactly.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: Starboard_side 4/28/2020 8:19:44 PM (No. 394816)
Doubt it's the nicotine, but likely the hot smoke burning whatever is in your lungs But, do not recommend anyone smoke for any reason. It's not healthy, including vaping.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: radrelic 4/28/2020 9:15:32 PM (No. 394851)
I had whooping cough as a young kid and a reactive airway after that-chronic bronchitis after every upper respiratory infection-cough until nearly vomit as I did with the whooping cough-I remember holding my head over the coal bucket and coughing 'til gagged. i My pioneer era grandpa started smoking in his teens most likely and did until in 90's when he died. When I quit smoking in my mid 40's infections settled in my ear and sinuses instead of lungs. Reason? IMO smokers lungs are so geared to rally to the defense when attacked.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: snakeoil 4/28/2020 9:54:52 PM (No. 394879)
The powers that be don't like to report it but there are some health benefits to smoking. Insects dislike smokers. Mosquitoes and flies are bad news.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: Rumblehog 4/28/2020 11:20:01 PM (No. 394925)
My, my, so now the leftist-hated JUUL devices are going to be all the rage for dealing with the Chi-Com virus.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: Trigger2 4/29/2020 5:17:57 AM (No. 395015)
What's the infection rate with pot smokers? Heroin users? Other drug users? Will the next demonrat cry be to shoot up and become immune so they can benefit from drug money?
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Reply 22 - Posted by: kono 4/29/2020 12:28:36 PM (No. 395481)
How many health care programs limit hospital referrals among patients they consider bad risks? How much of the low covid-19 hospitalizations reflect the reluctance to grant hospitalization referrals for people who are either obese, alcoholics, or smokers? The attitude being basically that we need to reserve the beds for people who have a chance to recover...
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Reply 23 - Posted by: DVC 4/29/2020 3:46:08 PM (No. 395630)
Remember the key in "The Andromeda Strain" plot? The baby and the sterno drinking alcoholic didn't get it. And why? Remember that Michael Crichton was an MD, so wrote plots that were medically plausible. Abnormal blood pH. For the baby, due to crying continuously, so exhaling more CO2, so more alkaline pH, and the alcoholic had lower pH (acidic) due to sterno and aspirin use. Each had pH out of the normal human range. All sorts of slight differences in how our bodies respond to our various individual differences. I am certain that there will be dozens and dozens of studies of this damned virus and we will eventually find out what is what, who gets it more easily, who is less susceptible, and who gets sickest, and who throws it off most easily. Now....just clues, and some are false leads, some are the "gold". Too soon to sort them.
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