Corona Virus

Corona Virus Awareness

#COVID-19 Potential Implications for Drug and Substance Users “Prevention is the best medicine; thus knowing is power”A novel coronavirus named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). It attacks the respiratory tracks and appears to have a higher fatality rate than seasonal influenza. Because it attacks the lungs, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 could be an especially serious threat to those who smoke tobacco or marijuana (aka: Ganja, Banga, Dope, Weed, Pot, Grass, skunk, purple haze, Mary Jane, Chronic, Smoke, Blunt, Reefer, Herb, Kiff etc.) or who vape; people with opioid use disorder (OUD) and methamphetamine (aka: Meth, Speed, Crystal, Crank, Tweak, Go-fast, Ice, Glass, Tina, Quartz etc) use disorder may also be vulnerable due to the effects of these drugs on respiratory and pulmonary health. Thus far, deaths and serious illness from COVID-19 seem concentrated among those who are older and who have underlying health issues, such as diabetes, cancer, and respiratory conditions. Based on data from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC), the case fatality rate (CFR) for COVID-19 was 6.3 percent for those with chronic respiratory disease, compared to a CFR of 2.3 percent overall. In China, 52.9 percent of men smoke, in contrast to just 2.4 percent of women; it is therefore reasonable to be concerned that compromised lung function or lung disease related to smoking, OUD and meth use disorders could put people at risk for serious complications of COVID-19.Vaping, like smoking, may also harm lung health. Emerging evidence suggests that exposure to aerosols from e-cigarettes harms the cells of the lung and diminishes the ability to respond to infection.Practicing the preventive measures put forward by the World Health Organization (WHO) to curb the spread of the new coronavirus will go a long way in keeping everyone safe. We should take more responsibility in practicing good personal and respiratory hygiene even as we contend with COVID-19. “Prevention is the best medicine; knowledge is potential power, but knowledge in practice is true power”

Treatment Of Corona Virus

Prevention is the best medicine;

Knowledge is potential power; What you do with what you know gives you real power”Those with underlying medical conditions are at a higher risk of being infected by the new corona virus. Now, research shows that another group of people who could also be vulnerable are those who smoke or have substance abuse issues.Since corona virus is a respiratory illness, people who smoke tobacco or weed could be particularly exposed. People who smoke are usually at a higher risk of complications, particularly in regards to respiratory illnesses. According to the Center for Tobacco Research Control and Education at the University of California – USA, the new Corona virus is 14 times more severe for people who have a history of smoking compared to people who didn’t smoke, pointing to a report from China from February 2020; which shows that people with a history of smoking have a 14% higher chance of contracting pneumonia while infected with COVID-19. With pneumonia air sacs in the lungs become filled with fluid or pus causing breathing problems to its patients. In the USA, COVID-19 deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza have increased sharply to 8.2% which is above the epidemic threshold of 7.2%.We know very little right now about COVID-19 and even less about its intersection with substance use disorders. But we can make educated guesses based on past experience that people with compromised health due to smoking and people with opioid, methamphetamine, cannabis, and other substance use disorders could find themselves at increased risk of COVID-19 and its more serious complications.Now is the time for people to quit smoking. At a time when people are looking to reduce risk for COVID-19, it’s very sensible to stop insulting your lungs, through smoking or use of drugs and other psychotropic substances which affects your respiratory and pulmonary health. Smoking can kill you…

Smoking Kills Protect yourself at all times and help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following preventive measures by the World Health Organization (WHO) to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).“Prevention is the best medicine; Knowledge is potential power; What you do with what you know gives you real power”