The spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic provides fertile ground for spreading misinformation on vaping. There is no evidence that vaping increases the risk of infection or progression to severe conditions of COVID-19, though identified vulnerability conditions for this progression (cardiovascular and respiratory disease, diabetes) in mostly senior patients are strongly correlated with long term harms from smoking. When studying risks on vapers, it is necessary to consider that most are ex-smokers or still smokers. Vapers with a long previous smoking history could exhibit conditions seen in vulnerable patients. However, this would not be an effect of vaping but of previous smoking.
Can vapor carry saliva droplets with COVID-19?
The precautions to prevent contagion from virus carried by e-cigarette vapor are the same “social distancing” measures recommended to all the population including non-vapers: avoid physical contact and proximity to others. For vapers specifically: vape with low powered devices, avoid vaping in public indoor spaces and in outdoor spaces vape at least 6 feet away from others. The saliva droplets carrying COVID-19 virus are much heavier than the rapidly moving volatile droplets of exhaled vapor. Therefore, vapor exhaled by an infected vaper is likely to spread as many viruses as in normal respiration in the personal breathing zone, far less than spreading by sneezing or coughing.
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CASAA posted an in-depth article on the misinformation about vaping and COVID-19.
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