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Can You Get Coronavirus From Secondhand Smoke?

August 4, 2020


Photo by AP Photo Nardus Engelbrecht

Can you get coronavirus from secondhand smoke? As the AP notes, while secondhand smoke isn’t believed to directly spread the virus, infected smokers may blow droplets carrying the virus when they exhale. “Not only are they potentially spreading the virus by not wearing a mask, they are blowing those droplets to the people around them to potentially get infected,” says Dr. Albert Rizzo, chief medical officer for the American Lung Association, who adds that being able to smell cigarette smoke might be a sign that you're standing too close to the smoker, and that people should avoid exposure to secondhand smoke as a general health rule.