Smoking and COVID-19: For Better or for Worse?
J. Taylor Hays, MD., Professor of Medicine
Smoking is still the leading cause of death in the United States and in the world. J. Taylor Hays, M.D., a Mayo Clinic General Internist and Director of the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center, discusses recent observational research displaying trends of less severe disease progression with COVID-19 in smokers, reasons why an inverse correlation between smoking prevalence and COVID-19 infection may be observed, and how clinicians should respond.
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Healthcare workers of all specialties who are being impacted by COVID-19, including physicians, research scientists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and anyone with a particular interest in prevention, treatment, and patient care.
Upon completion of this activity you will be able to:
- Recall the effects of smoking on the lungs and specifically ACE2 regulation
- Recall current experimental data suggests smoking will lead to worse COVID-19 outcomes
- Recall the need to document cigarette and e-cigarette use in patient history and offer help to those using tobacco
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J. Taylor Hays, MD.
|Devyani Lal, M.D.|
Associate Dean, Mayo Clinic School of
Continuous Professional Development
Professor of Otolaryngology,
College of Medicine
Chair, Division of Rhinology
Mayo Clinic in Arizona
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