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Smokers were never really protected from COVID, despite what early studies claimed

By Mark Shrime, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences
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Early in the coronavirus pandemic, researchers stumbled on an unexpected finding: smokers seemed to be protected from COVID’s worst effects. Initially discovered on a review of hospitalised patients in China, this “smoker’s paradox” was later reported in studies from Italy and France.

But it turns out that this wasn’t true,…


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