Nicotine patches to be trialed as a preventative measure in France

Compton_effect

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Not kidding.

A nicotinic hypothesis for Covid-19 with preventive and therapeutic implications

Nicotine may be suggested as a potential preventive agent against Covid-19 infection. Both the epidemiological/clinical evidence and the in silico findings may suggest that Covid-19 infection is a nAChR disease that could be prevented and may be controlled by nicotine. Nicotine would then sterically or allosterically compete with the SARS-CoV-2 binding to the nAChR. This legitimates the use of nicotine as a protective agent against SARS-CoV-2 infection and the subsequent deficits it causes in the CNS. Thus, in order to prevent the infection and the retro-propagation of the virus through the CNS, we plan a therapeutic assay against Covid-19 with nicotine (and other nicotinic agents) patches or other delivery methods (like sniffing/chewing) in hospitalized patients and in the general population
 

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The French smoke like crazy as it is, Im sure if there was any real merit to nicotine preventing contraction they would be in better shape right now.
That said I was in a webex with someone on Monday from France that has had it and recovered.
 

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The French smoke like crazy as it is, Im sure if there was any real merit to nicotine preventing contraction they would be in better shape right now.
That said I was in a webex with someone on Monday from France that has had it and recovered.
Do we know which % of of the infected & dead were smokers?

There was other articles wrt the US & some other place indicating lower numbers for smokers.
 

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Do we know which % of of the infected & dead were smokers?

There was other articles wrt the US & some other place indicating lower numbers for smokers.
But didn't they suggest that was why Italy was so badly affected? This is getting confusing.
 

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But didn't they suggest that was why Italy was so badly affected? This is getting confusing.
No idea, 40% of deaths are >70yrs, 33% 50-70ys so it seems like mostly old people and most have underlying medical issues.
 

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