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

Yoo Mee Shin, MD; Daniel P. Hunt, MD; Joyce Akwe, MD, MPH


South Med J. 2022;115(1):8-12. 

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Before the overwhelming impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, EVALI presented as an emerging epidemic that has now subsided, although there is a risk of overlooking this illness in our evaluation of patients with severe respiratory illness. The overlap of symptoms, signs, and imaging findings seen with these two conditions poses diagnostic challenges and emphasizes the importance of asking patients about vaping. The emergence of vaping-related illness also serves as a reminder of the need to be vigilant for adverse effects of seemingly less harmful habits and the risks these may pose to our patients.