Smokers more at risk? Smokers hospitalised with COVID-19 could also be more likely to reach more
sorts of the disease, including admission to medical care .
Currently, smokers aren't designated a ‘high risk’ group within the UK, but the analysis of COVID patients
revealed a far higher degree of smokers getting to serious disease compared to non-smokers (30% vs
18%). The researchers say their analysis provides further evidence to support the WHO’s position that
smokers are ‘at higher risk of developing severe disease and death’, adding that the habit may be one
among the few easily modifiable risk factors for the disease.