Smokers with COVID -19 are vulnerable to serious complications

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Security guard checking temperatures at the entrance of a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur. Pic: Malaysia World News 

PUTRAJAYA: The Ministry of Health confirmed that smokers who have been detected with positive COVID-19 are vulnerable to critical complications compared to non-smokers.

Director-General of Health, Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, in a health survey done on 86 people who died from COVID-19, 17 (19.8%) were smokers

He said smokers with positive COVID-19 and placed in category 1 till 5 could easily be infected with pneumonia and will end up with death due to blood clots and low immunity.

Dr. Noor Hisham added, according to medical research results on May 29, the prevalence of the Malaysians suffering from high blood pressure is 30% while diabetes 18.3%.

“Patients with diabetes and high blood pressure too are vulnerable to critical complications if they are detected with COVID-19” said Dr. Noor Hisham in his daily press conference held here today (May 31).

In conjunction with the international “Day without tobacco” today, Dr. Noor Hisham advised the people not to smoke as it will lead to a healthier life.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) in its report stated that seven million people died as a result of direct smoking while 1.2 million died as the “second smoker”.

In another development, Dr. Noor Hisham said, the awareness level amongst the Malaysians on the danger of smoking has been on the rise when 400 smokers have registered at to get counseling while 5,000 have visited the website during the enforcement of the Control Movement Order (CMO).

In the current COVID-19 situation Dr. Noor Hisham said there are 57 new cases bringing the accumulative total to 7,819 while 1,351 are active cases and under treatment. From that nine have been admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) while two cases need respiratory aids.

Dr. Noor Hisham also added, today there is no death case bringing the death toll to remain at 115 or 1.47% from the accumulative total.

“From the new cases 10 are imported (infected from overseas), 47 from local transmissions with 43 involving non-citizens including 24 from Sepang immigration detention depot, 15 from Pahang and three clusters of foreigners; one from Sungai Lui, Hulu Langat one in Klang and one in Pudu.

“There were only four Malaysians detected with positive COVID-19 today while 23 patients were discharged bringing the accumulative total to 6,353 or 81.25%,”

Dr. Noor Hisham added the rate of compliance with the standard operating procedure (SOP) during the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) amongst Malaysian have been high.

“The Ministry’s focus now is the SOP compliance amongst foreign workers. We need the cooperation between the Malaysian community and the foreigners residing in the country to comply strictly with the SOP to curb the COVID-19 infections from spreading,” he reiterated –Malaysia World News


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