Date Published: April 20, 2020
Source: The Guardian
Many studies have linked nitrous dioxide, an air pollutant, to health consequences, particularly lung disease. An analysis of COVID-19 deaths in 66 administrative regions of Italy, Spain, France and Germany showed that 78% of them were in five regions with the worst nitrous dioxide levels and airflow that prevented dispersion of air pollution. The results of the analysis suggest that long-term exposure to pollutants may be an important contributor to case fatality of COVID-19. It should be noted that this analysis suggests a strong correlation and not causation. However, these findings highlight keeping air pollution levels low as possible is an important consideration for health.
Read the full summary here: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/20/air-pollution-may-be-key-contributor-to-covid-19-deaths-study
Summary by: Jayoti Rana