New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office issued a warning to smokers and vapers: If you get the coronavirus, you are at greater risk of developing a severe form of the illness. This is because the virus causes severe acute respiratory syndrome, an illness known as covid-19. Those with the most severe form of covid-19 may develop severe pneumonia.
“If you are a smoker or a vaper, that does make you more vulnerable. If you are a smoker or a vaper, this is a very good time to stop that habit and we will help you,” de Blasio said.
The mayor also warned that older individuals — especially those older than 50 — with preexisting conditions including heart disease, lung cancer, diabetes, or immune system deficiencies are also at greater risk of developing a more severe version of coronavirus.
“Those five pre-existing conditions are the single most important indicators that someone who did contract coronavirus would be in danger of a very bad medical outcome,” he said. “That is essentially where we are seeing people lose their life.”
As of Monday, there have been more than 20 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, known as Covid-19, in country’s largest city, New York City. De Blasio is encouraging people to work from home and to avoid crowded subway trains. And while there are no plans to close the city’s nearly 1,800 public schools at this time, some schools and districts have canceled classes as a precaution.
Beasley Allen lawyers Joseph VanZandt and Sydney Everett, together with Mass Torts Section Head Andy Birchfield, are currently representing several individuals who are suing the top U.S. vape maker JUUL for the negative impact its products have had on their lives. They also have filed lawsuits on behalf of school districts nationwide, which seek to protect students and recover resources spent fighting the vaping epidemic.