Smokers more at risk from coronavirus
Smokers are at a greater risk from coronavirus, Professor Chris Whitty, chief medical officer for England, says.
Answering questions from MPs, Professor Whitty highlighted how smoking damages the body’s ability to fight off infections.
He pointed out that now might be a good opportunity to give up smoking.
‘For most respiratory infections, you worry about people who smoke a bit more,’ he said.
‘They’re more likely to get it and their immune system isn’t as good.
‘If you are going to give up smoking, this is a very good moment to do it.
‘But it’s not that I’m saying they should self-isolate or behave in any other way differently.’
In a statement released with other health and care regulators, the GDC urges healthcare professionals to follow national public health advice and guidance.
It said: ‘We understand that as health and care professionals you may be feeling anxious about Novel coronavirus (Covid-19).
‘Across the UK, public health organisations, government health officials and employers are putting in place plans. This is to ensure that people receive the right advice and care and support. It is also to make sure you have the best information, environment and equipment to do your job.
‘Health and care professionals play a vital role in helping to treat and contain coronavirus. We recognise that should the virus spread further, health and care professionals are likely to face an increased burden in helping the UK through the outbreak.
‘It’s important that during this time everyone follows national public health advice and guidance.
‘We also recognise that health and care professionals may have understandable concerns. In particular, these concerns could relate to decisions need to take to provide the best care in challenging circumstances.’
Dentist diagnosed with coronavirus
A dentist was recently amongst those diagnosed with coronavirus following a holiday with his wife.
After passing through Milan airport, the man had the case confirmed by Public Health England (PHE) upon his return, according to the Jewish Chronicle.
He had reportedly shown flu-like symptoms.
It also reports he has not been to his practice – located in north west London – since returning.
The practice manager told the Jewish Chronicle that the rest of the staff are ‘all fine’.
Additionally, PHE clarified the practice was free of infection risk.