- Smoking.Smoking can lead to a number of diseases, so it’s not surprising that it’s also related to COVID-19. For one, smokers tend to be more prone to respiratory infections because of weakened immunity. Additionally, there was this study involving at least 1,000 patients in China. Results showed that 12.3% of smoker-participants either got confined to intensive care, used a ventilator, or died due to complications.
- Blood Type. As surprising as it may be, blood type might affect a person’s susceptibility to the virus. Several studies suggest that people in the A-group (A+, A-, AB+, and AB-) are more at risk of contracting COVID-19 than those with O-type blood. However, the researchers arrived at these findings by simply comparing the participants’ blood types.
More research is needed to confirm how smoking and blood type affect a patient’s chances of surviving the disease.
Access to Good Health Care is Crucial
Why do some survive COVID-19 despite their aggravating circumstances? In many instances, these patients had better access to health care.
For mild symptoms, home confinement may be enough. However, for a patient with more severe symptoms, in-hospital management, supportive medications, and oxygen supplementation are vital.
So, why do some survive COVID-19 while others die or suffer permanent damage? It is a combination of good health care and the body’s response to the virus.
Though we’re learning more about the disease each day, we still have to wait for more definitive answers. We need more studies to prove how some factors affect the gravity of the illness. After all, the pandemic is still relatively new, despite the damage and deaths it has caused across the globe.
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