In recent days there is talk of a "mysterious lung disease" related to the electronic cigarette: what we know
In recent months, a group of researchers from the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) has been investigating nearly a hundred cases of a mysterious lung disease that seems related to vaping and e-cigarettes.
And, in this case, "mysterious" is not a journalistic resource. On the contrary, it is a good description of a disease that has already debuted in five North American states and that has disoriented (and worried) the health authorities to such an extent that they have made the investigation public, hoping to find more cases that Help put the puzzle pieces together.
What we know
Last Friday, the CDC confirmed that several dozen patients had been admitted to up to five different states in the country. Initially, initial symptoms were relatively common in respiratory illnesses: shortness of breath, shortness of breath, or chest pain. In other cases, it also occurs together with fever, cough, vomiting and diarrhea.
Furthermore, to influence this confusion, most of the patients are adolescents or young adults, a large number have been hospitalized as a consequence of the disease and some of them have been admitted to intensive care. Today, the CDC has identified 31 cases, and its data indicates it will reach 94 cases in the coming weeks (when the latest analyzes are closed).
The problem is that, to date, it has not been related to any known infectious disease and epidemiological surveys carried out in more than 14 states indicate that it has something to do with vaping and electronic cigarettes.
What we don't know
The rest of the data is essentially unknown. The CDC researchers themselves have acknowledged that, beyond that apparent connection to e-cigarettes, it remains unclear whether the problem lies in the devices, their components, or the specific ingredients being consumed.
Although the nonspecific of the alarm may surprise, the truth is that it is a fairly common practice in order to gather enough information to put us on the track of the substance that is causing the problem. As the manufacturers themselves recognized a few years ago, when we talk about vaping liquids, what prevails is, above all, ignorance in terms of health.
In recent years, the evidence regarding electronic cigarettes has been gradually clarifying. The conclusions confirm that they are less harmful than traditional cigarettes, yes; but they are far from not carrying any kind of health risk. Something worth keeping in mind as the teen vaping boom expands from the US to other countries.