Conventional wisdom was that smoking would be a major risk factor for dying from the new coronavirus.
But so far data from China and now the US shows the opposite (h/t Wael):
The consistent low rate of #tobacco smokers among patients with #coronavirus in China is now duplicated in the U.S. by CDC:
Among 7,162 corona patients with medical records 6,901 were never-smokers (96.3%), 165 ex-smokers (2.3%), and only 96 smokers (1.3%)https://t.co/KAVsvPi1FC https://t.co/NyRrA04ssW
— Klaus K (@KlausKblog) April 2, 2020
Obviously, this is not a valid reason to light up.
But this would be good news for countries where smoking rates are high.