Air pollution may be ‘key contributor’ to Covid-19 deaths – study

 Dense smog in Milan. The heavily polluted northern Italian city and the surrounding region have been hard hit by the coronavirus outbreak.
Flavio Lo Scalzo/Reuters

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.

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