an additional 6 studies, for a total of 13. (including the U.S. CDC data makes 14 samples)
All showing the same unanticipated effect.
The severity and mortality outcomes for smokers hospitalized with COVID19 are worse than for nonsmokers....
but for some reason smokers are under represented for hospitalization in the first place.
By a LOT.... Perhaps as high as 80% less hospitalization than would be expected, per representation of the general population.
Hopefully this anomaly will be investigated and if it's found to be true, the mechanism can used to develop some kind of prophylactic.
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