Podcast | Southern Medicine | August 25, 2021

An Epidemic Supplanted by a Pandemic: Vaping-Related Illness and COVID-19

Prior to the COVID-19 (SARS-CoV2) pandemic, vaping-related illness was the prevailing public health concern. The incidence of vaping related illnesses mainly e-cigarette, or vaping, product use–associated lung injury (EVALI) declined with the arrival of COVID 19 but EVALI should still be considered as a differential diagnosis for people with COVID-19 for reasons outlined in this review. 

This narrative review describes vaping devices, summarizes the adverse health effects of vaping on the lungs and other systems, considers the potential interplay between vaping and COVID-19, and highlights gaps in knowledge about vaping that warrant further research.

Joyce Akwe MD, MPH, FACP
Dr. Joyce Akwe is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine. She is the Chief of Hospital Medicine at the Atlanta VA HealthCare system. Her interests are in Quality Improvement in medicine, Medical Education, and Medical Simulation. She has completed and published more than 40 peer-reviewed articles, abstracts, or book chapters.

Yoo Mee Shin, MD
Dr. Shin went to medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University and completed her internal medicine residency program at Emory University. Dr. Shin has remained as faculty and works primarily at Emory University Hospital Midtown as a hospitalist. She loves working with her patients and enjoys the variety and acuity of disease.