CoronaviruSmoke – Higher Risk

Quarantine Shaming': US Navigates Radical New Social Norms

How many days we’ve been in quarantine?! 322?! LOL … that’s what it feels like, but all the “rules” and “regulations” that our different states have advised (some under stop and frisk) has been to try to help us. Yet, there’s something I don’t get …

Last week I decided to go to Wal-Mart to get a few items of food. I hadn’t been out of the house in, about, 4 days. I heard some reports on those wearing masks but wasn’t sure if I was supposed to have one save setting in the parking lot talking to a friend on the phone and surrounded by different ones with masks. A lady, and what looked to be, her daughter pulled up – set in the car for a moment to put on their masks. A guy getting ready to leave entered his truck and removed his mask. I must have missed something important!

Shaking My Head | Funny cartoon, Purchase card, Vault boy

The strangest thing happened!

The lady and the daughter got out of the car and, I guess, were getting some bags to take in to shop when it happened … the daughter slid her mask over her forehead, pulled out a cigarette and SMOKED!! Wow!!!

Huh? What? ……….

Yeah, what????

I don’t understand. So put on a mask while sitting in the car to prepare yourself to be around other strangers — before entry — remove mask to smoke! …. Really?!!!

Yes, I have an issue with smoking; not smokers! Quick explanation: I don’t dislike the people I HATE the habit!! The habit is most deadly to those of us who don’t smoke than those filling their lungs with it. Now, in this case, why didn’t she smoke at home or put the mask on in the first place? But here’s some information inspired by the story ….

Are smokers and tobacco users at higher risk of COVID-19 infection?

Smokers are likely to be more vulnerable to COVID-19 as the act of smoking means that fingers (and possibly contaminated cigarettes) are in contact with lips which increases the possibility of transmission of virus from hand to mouth. Smokers may also already have lung disease or reduced lung capacity which would greatly increase risk of serious illness.


Smoking products such as water pipes often involve the sharing of mouth pieces and hoses, which could facilitate the transmission of COVID-19 in communal and social settings.

Conditions that increase oxygen needs or reduce the ability of the body to use it properly will put patients at higher risk of serious lung conditions such as pneumonia.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/victoriaforster/2020/03/23/smokers-at-higher-risk-of-severe–covid-19-during-coronavirus-outbreak/#e59770e7638d

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