Delhi first state to ban hookahs to stop COVID transmission

Aditi Tandon

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 4

Delhi on Tuesday turned the primary state in India to impose a blanket ban on using hookahs, together with natural hookahs, in all public locations to stop the transmission of SARS-Cov2 virus that causes COVID-19 illness.

Invoking powers underneath the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897 the Delhi authorities final evening notified the ban citing WHO proof that tobacco use was a significant danger issue for COVID transmission.

“Smokers are more likely to be extra susceptible to COVID-19 because the act of smoking implies that fingers

(and presumably contaminated cigarettes) are in touch with lips which will increase the potential of transmission of virus from hand to mouth. Smokers may have already got lung illness or diminished lung capability which might significantly enhance danger of significant sickness. Smoking merchandise resembling water pipes usually contain the sharing of mouth items and hoses, which may facilitate the transmission ofCOVID-19 in communal and social settings,” stated the Delhi authorities order.

Detailing the danger components the state stated “the use of Hookah (with and without tobacco i.e. herbal hookah, water pipes and other hookah like devices) in all public places, including hotels, restaurants, eatery houses, bars, pubs and discotheques of the NCT of Delhi is strictly prohibited with immediate effect for the purpose of prevention and control of the outbreak of epidemic disease namely COVID-19.”

Smokers and hookah customers are extra susceptible to COVID as a result of they’re amongst individuals who may face situations that enhance oxygen wants or cut back the flexibility of the physique to make use of it correctly will placing them at larger danger of the implications of bilateral viral pneumonia.

Delhi has been reporting a diminished variety of new instances each day and is now planning to make sure prevention of transmission by all attainable routes.

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