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Does nicotine prevent coronavirus?

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 the virus from hand to mouth. Smokers may also already have lung disease or reduced lung capacity which would greatly increase the risk of serious illness. There has been some recent interest in studying if nicotine could influence whether or not the coronavirus molecules are able to attach themselves to the receptors in the body. However, it is strongly advised not to jump to any hasty conclusions, considering the harms which are associated with nicotine. Nicotine is a drug of abuse responsible for smoking addiction. Smoking has severe pathological consequences and remains a serious danger for health.

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