Marijuana smokers, users at greater risk of severe COVID-19 infections

April 20, 2020

DOCTORS recently warned marijuana smokers and users that they could suffer severe complications from coronavirus once they got infected with the virus.

Doctors said the symptoms from smoking marijuana can mimic those of the virus, such as a dry cough. They added that the use of marijuana, even just occasionally, leads to inflammation in the lungs, which affects the body's ability to fight off the virus.

They explained that smoking marijuana causes some degree of inflammation in the lungs which is very similar to bronchitis and similar to the type of inflammation that cigarette smoking can cause.

“Do you really want to have a confounding variable if you need to see a doctor or a healthcare worker? You don't want to do anything that's going to confound the ability of healthcare workers to make a rapid, accurate assessment of what's going on with you,” said Dr. Mitchell Glass, the spokesperson of the American Lung Association.

Smoking marijuana daily has been shown to damage the lungs to the point that the organs resemble someone with Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (COPD).

It's well-known that those with chronic lung diseases, such as COPD, are among the most at risk of suffering severe complications from coronavirus.  (DailyMail)