According to reports, a new study in France will test whether nicotine patches can work on the coronavirus. These days the more we are learning about COVID-19, the less sense it makes. Earlier we only thought that Covid-19 is a standard respiratory ailment that primarily affected the lungs but now there’s enough evidence that proves COVID-19 can cause serious damage to the heart, neurological system, and kidneys, too. Doctors have noticed that it is causing sudden strokes in young people. They have also reported COVID-19 patients with blood clots. One particular element of the reports has created conflict among the doctors and it is whether cigarette smokers are more or less likely to get COVID 19.
Now, according to the new research in France, Nicotine could protect people from the coronavirus. Further trials of this research are scheduled to test whether the substance could be used to prevent or treat the deadly illness.
A top Paris hospital examined 343 coronavirus patients along with 139 infected people who had milder symptoms. They noticed that a low number of patients have the habit of smoking.
Another research published in the New England Journal of Medicine last month also had a similar kind of findings. That report suggested that 12.6 percent of 1,000 people infected in China were smokers which were a real lower figure compared to the number of regular smokers in China's general population.
The theory of this research suggests that nicotine could adhere to cell receptors and it can block the virus from entering cells and spreading in the body. Renowned neurobiologist Jean-Pierre Changeux from France's Pasteur Institute has also second the theory.
As of now, the researchers are awaiting approval from health authorities in France to carry out further clinical trials.