MOSCOW, may 27 — RIA Novosti. smokers COVID-19 often be severe, warned of this CPS.

“Smoking impairs lung function, and body of a smoker more difficult to fight respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus. Tobacco use increases the risk of infection through the mouth — if you smoke cigarettes or use other tobacco products”, — said the Agency.

Rospotrebnadzor said that in the case of infection smokers may face a more severe course of the disease, since their lungs are already damaged.

the Ministry called on citizens to protect their health from serious consequences of tobacco use and to implement the recommendations of doctors in the context of the measures taken to combat coronavirus.

Earlier, the head of emergency diseases in the who Maria van Kerchove also warned that Smoking leads to the development of severe forms of coronavirus and increases the risk of death from disease. With similar warnings made by the main freelance psychiatrist-narcologist Ministry of health of Russia, Professor Evgeny Brun.

the world health organization on 11 March announced the outbreak of a new coronavirus infection COVID-19 pandemic. According to the latest world health organization, worldwide there were more than 5.4 million cases of infection, died by 343 thousand people.

In Russia, COVID-19 diagnosed 362 342 people, including 131 129 recovered. The authorities have asked the Russians not to leave the house during the epidemic without the need. In many regions in public places need to wear masks. According to Vladimir Putin, the country has already passed the peak of the epidemic of the coronavirus.