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Snoop Dogg is not afraid of catching Coronavirus. He assured his fans that he has some lung function left after smoking weed like a chimney for most of his life.

The 48-year-old rapper recorded a P.S.A. video on his Instagram stories to demonstrate how long he can hold his breath without having coughing fits.

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The PSA was Snoop's effort to prove to his fans that he has some lung function left. He thinks holding his breath for 10 seconds is proof that he is healthy.

Snoop, who is best known for his platinum-selling debut rap album Doggystyle (1993), also had a message for his younger fans.

"Stay close to your loved ones. Stay hydrated," Snoop said in his video.

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People who smoke cigarettes or weed are most at risk if they contract the Coronavirus (Covid-19). The virus targets ACE2 enzymes in the lungs (and other organs) which it attaches to in order to infect human cells to make copies of itself.

A crucial lung process is the exchange of oxygen for carbon dioxide. People who smoke have less lung capacity and more damaged areas of their lungs where this crucial life process will not occur efficiently.

The CDC offers the following tips to avoid spreading the flu or Covid-19 virus to vulnerable elders like Snoop:

1. Wash your hands frequently with soap for at least 20 seconds
2. Don't touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
3. Avoid close contact with sick people
4. Stay home if you are sick
5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, refrigerator handles, etc.
 

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Media reports about the coronavirus (Covid-19) have caused widespread panic around the world. But health experts say the virus is only a danger to certain populations such as the elderly, people with chronic illnesses, and smokers.

Dr. Norman Swan is urging smokers to quit to avoid developing a fatal pneumonia if you catch the virus.

For most of us, the Covid-19 virus will cause mild symptoms such as cough, sore throat and a low-grade fever. But health experts warn the effects of nicotine and smoke inside the lungs makes smokers more vulnerable to the virus.

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People who smoke have weaker lungs because smoke is caustic and damages the fragile lining inside the lungs. If the lining of the lung is damaged, it causes the lungs to leak, prevents the exchange of oxygen and C02, and may require the patient to be placed on a ventilator.

Dr. Swan said smokers are particularly at risk of getting sick -- and dying.

"If you are a smoker, the lining of your lungs is more vulnerable and you're producing more of the (ACE2) receptors which the COVID-19 virus latches on to.

"So quit now -- there are plenty of resources around to help you [quit]."

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Professor Chris Whitby, Englands's chief medical officer, said: "For most respiratory infections, you worry about people who smoke a bit more. They're more likely to get it and their immune system is less good. If you are going to give up smoking, this is a very good moment to do it."

The CDC offers the following tips to avoid spreading the flu or Covid-19 virus:

1. Wash your hands frequently with soap for at least 20 seconds

2. Don't touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands

3. Avoid close contact with sick people

4. Stay home if you are sick

5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, refrigerator handles, etc.

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