Compromised Immune System\r\nIndividuals with a compromised immune system are at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and even dying from the disease. Older adults and those with underlying health conditions are also at a risk of more severe outcomes.\r\n\r\nAs of April 1, 2020, there are 88,2751 confirmed cases of coronavirus across the world. Health experts continue to issue new strategies to contain COVID-19. Most of the measures are similar to everyday preventive actions that manage the spread of respiratory diseases.\r\n\r\nThese measures include covering your sneeze or cough with a handkerchief and distancing yourself from sick people. It is easy for young and healthy people to consider these strategies and stay safe from coronavirus.\r\nHow Substance Abuse Makes You More Susceptible To COVID-19\r\nInjecting heroin, snorting cocaine, and smoking a joint increase the risk of transmitting COVID-19. Taking basic precautions can help prevent these risks. COVID-19 spreads through hand to mouth, saliva, and hard surfaces. Sharing joints, cigarettes, and bottles puts you at risk of transmitting the disease. Do not think that drinking alcohol can protect you because it is in hand sanitizers. Sharing snorting equipment also increases the spread of coronavirus.\r\n\r\nDrugs and alcohol can compromise the immune system during this trying time. Substances affect the immune system in different ways. The addicted person is at a higher risk of infection. Drug abuse also weakens the organs\u2019 ability to function optimally.\r\n\r\nThe immune system is a protection system for the body. It wards off diseases and infections. When the body gets into contact with pathogens such as drugs, it weakens the immune system. Most substances cause physical or mental fatigue and dehydration.\r\n\r\nProlonged alcohol abuse disrupts the digestive system and damage cells that produce the essential enzymes for digestive. Long-term alcohol abuse also causes liver failure. Drugs and alcohol may also affect the production of white blood cells. This puts you at risk of contracting diseases, in this case, COVID-19.\r\nHow Coronavirus Affects People with Compromised Immune System\r\nCOVID-19 carries deadly risks for people with underlying health conditions. These conditions include:\r\n\r\n \tHigh blood pressure: Individuals with hypertension are at an increased risk of contracting COVID-19\r\n \tLung conditions: Individuals with lung disease experience shortness of breathing, swelling around and in the lungs, and life-threatening infections\r\n \tDiabetes: The risk of developing the disease may triple or double for those with diabetes\r\n \tHeart conditions: Most people diagnosed with coronavirus have stroke-related or cardiovascular conditions. People with a heart condition are likely to develop complications when they catch coronavirus\r\n \tAge-related complications: Older people are likely to acquire severe complications. They are at a high risk of death as a result of COVID-19\r\n\r\nThe best medication against COVID-19 for people with a compromised immune system is preventing exposure.\r\nHow to Boost Your Immune System\r\nThere is no proven food, medicine, or supplement to prevent or cure COVID-19 yet. Hence the need to improve your immunity. Malnutrition leads to a compromised immune system. It affects your ability to fight infections and diseases.\r\n\r\nSome of the practices that help boost your immune system during this trying time are:\r\n\r\n \tGetting enough vitamin D\r\n \tGetting enough sleep\r\n \tEngaging in exercises\r\n \tManaging stress\r\n \tAvoiding drug and alcohol use during this time\r\n \tStaying hydrated\r\n\r\nTreatment at Lucida\r\nDon\u2019t let addiction continue to harm your compromised immune system. Take precautions against coronavirus by coming to Lucida Treatment for recovery. We want to help you help yourself and start a new life of sobriety. Call us at to learn more about our telehealth services and safety protocols for residential clients.