22-Year-old Vaper Hospitalized With Coronavirus

By Susan Jones | March 11, 2020 | 7:10am EDT
(Photo by EVA HAMBACH/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by EVA HAMBACH/AFP via Getty Images)

( - Vapers, beware: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio this week noted that an otherwise healthy 22-year-old man is among New York's coronavirus cases.

"Why is a 22-year-old man stable but hospitalized at this point?" de Blasio asked at a Monday news conference. "So, we don't know of any pre-existing conditions, but we do think the fact that he is a vaper is affecting this situation."

According to the CDC, the groups most susceptible to the virus are the elderly and people with underlying health conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory problems.

But Dr. Joanna Cohen, of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, told CBS News:

"We know through the deaths and severe respiratory illnesses that we had this summer that there's certainly lung injury happening to vapers. And if your lungs are injured, obviously they're going to have a more difficult time dealing with other challenges."

According to CBS News, "If vaping is a factor in contracting the coronavirus illness, known as COVID-19 — then that could affect a huge group of (younger) Americans."

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