Air Pollution Increases the Risk of Death from COVID-19

Two new separate studies that were conducted in the US and in Europe found a link between the level of air pollution in a certain area and the risk of death from COVID-19.Air Pollution Increases the Risk of Death from COVID-19

The first study by the researchers at Harvard University collected air quality data from 3,000 counties in the US and performed the analysis of every death and confirmed case of COVID-19 in the US up to the 4 April.

The researchers concluded in their paper that long-term exposure to air pollution increases vulnerability to having the most severe COVID-19 outcomes.

Another research was performed by geoscientists Yaron Ogen from the Martin Luther King University of Halle-Wittenberg in Germany. His results show that nitrogen dioxide is linked to higher COVID-19 death rates.

Ogen writes in his paper: “Results show that out of the 4,443 fatality cases, 3,487 (78%) were in five regions located in north Italy and central Spain. Additionally, the same five regions show the highest nitrogen dioxide concentrations combined with downwards airflow which prevents an efficient dispersion of air pollution.”

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