New evidence confirms that area smoker Donovan Welsh, who refuses to wear a mask, has been exhaling secondhand coronavirus.
In addition to breathing out secondhand smoke, Welsh, who was walking down Manhattan’s 39th street at the time of the incident, also released millions of COVID particles into the air.
“In general, breathing out cigarette smoke is one thing,” said bystander Gregory Moss, “but this cigarette smoke is infected with a virus that’s killed over 200,000 Americans since March.”
Exhaling carcinogens that have been proven to cause cancer, Welsh was also exhaling particles that will likely spread the novel coronavirus.
“In pre-pandemic times when I was with my kids and I saw a smoker, I usually pulled them a safe distance away so they didn’t have to breathe in the fumes as we walked past,” said NYC resident Mary Stevens, “but today we turned back and went around the block.”
The cigarette smoke has the potential to cause two types of debilitating lung disease.
At press time, Marlboro was updating its Surgeon General’s warning to, “Smoking causes cancer, and smoking within six feet of others spreads COVID.”