Doctors: Smoking weed could increase risk of severe coronavirus complications

‘What happens to your airways when you smoke cannabis is that it causes some degree of inflammation, very similar to bronchitis, very similar to the type of inflammation that cigarette smoking can cause,’ pulmonologist Dr Albert Rizzo, chief medical officer for the American Lung Association, told CNN.

‘Now you have some airway inflammation and you get an infection on top of it. So, yes, your chance of getting more complications is there.’

Additionally, physicians say using cannabis could make it harder for symptoms of COVID-19 to be diagnosed.

This is because one of the symptoms is a dry cough, but that same cough can be brought on by using weed.

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