Call to trial nicotine patches in COVID-19 cases

It’s not an invitation to take up smoking, but nicotine may have a protective role, argue UK doctors

It may seem counterintuitive, but UK doctors have called for trials of nicotine patches as a possible treatment for COVID-19 patients.

They say this isn’t an invitation to take up smoking, since smokers with COVID-19 have poorer outcomes than non-smokers.

But Welsh trauma consultant Dr Jonathan Davies says nicotine replacement products may have a role in preventing infection by blocking ACE2 receptors in the airways.

He and colleagues at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llanrisant suggested a