COVID-19 fact check: Caution urged on study about virus, smoking

More information is needed after a French study suggested nicotine might play a role in preventing some illness from the coronavirus. Nicotine is not thought to attack sars-cov-2 directly. It may, however,
play an indirect role that involves a cell-membrane protein called ace2,
to which the virus attaches itself in order to gain access to a cell.
Some researchers suspect that nicotine binds to ace2 as well, and that
this makes it harder for the virus to do so alongside it.

Publisher: USA TODAY | Author: McKenzie Sadeghi

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case study, infection data, myths, and smoking
DATE PUBLISHED
2020-05-03 (Modified: 2021-09-20)

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