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RMJ. 2020; 45(4): 748-749

Smoking amid Covid-19; a jeopardy calling attention

Shizma Junejo, Khalid Mustafa Memon, Mehreen Lateef.

In December 2019, pneumonia of unknown etiology were reported in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, which was linked to Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market.1 The virus was recognized as a novel coronavirus and officially named by the WHO as 2019‐nCoV. As the cases increased and many patients died,2 the disease was called corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19) specified as SARS-CoV-2, which was discovered through whole-genome sequencing, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) as well as culture of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid obtained from affected patients.1 WHO on March 11, 2020 declared COVID-19 as a global pandemic.3 As of May 10th, there are more than four million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and almost 280,000 deaths globally.4 Immunocompromised individuals are more susceptible to severe COVID-19 complications.

Key words: Covid 19, corona virus, smoking

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