Pakistan logs over 1,664 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours
Pakistan has logged over 1,664 positive cases of covid-19 with 46 deaths in the past 24 hours, according to National Command and Operational centre (NCOC).
Pakistan has recorded an increase in the Covid-19 positivity ratio as the percentage is measured at 3.21% in 24 hours.
The country is facing 4th wave of coronavirus and it has so far reported 1,241,825 cases and 27,831 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.
Yesterday, Pakistan reported 1,411 positive cases of coronavirus with 56 deaths.
49,049 tests were conducted and the positivity percentage was measured at 2.87%.
A study has claimed that marijuana use leads to poorer Covid-19 outcomes just as diabetes, obesity, and a history of smoking cigarettes are considered as risk factors.
People with cannabis use disorder (CUD) may also be at increased risk of contracting coronavirus and its outcome, as per the research.
The research from the Washington University in St Louis used genetic epidemiological models to determine that genetic predisposition to CUD is related to risk for a severe reaction to coronavirus.
Having genetic variants does not mean a person has CUD or that the person has used cannabis.
However, comparing people with the variants to their Covid-19 outcomes, the researchers found genetic liability for CUD accounted for up to 40 percent of genetically influenced risk factors, such as body mass index (BMI) and diabetes, for a severe Covid-19 presentation.
In the journal Biological Psychiatry: Global Open Access, researchers explained that this association suggested that heavy and problematic cannabis use may represent a modifiable pathway to minimise severe Covid-19 presentations.
The study point to two possible outcomes: That a predisposition to CUD and severe Covid-19 are due to a common biological mechanism, like inflammatory conditions causing individuals to develop worse symptoms of Covid-19 and/or dependence on cannabis; or that they are associated because of a causal process, said Alexander S. Hatoum, a postdoctoral researcher at the varsity.
“If we know the genes that predispose individuals to cannabis use disorder, and if cannabis use disorder is a risk factor for Covid-19 hospitalisation, you will see the genes influencing cannabis use disorder as predictors of severe Covid-19 cases,” he said.
“We found that a person’s genetic risk for cannabis use disorder is correlated with their risk for Covid-19, without having to ask directly about illegal substance use,” he added.