There Is a Link Between Air Pollution and COVID-19 Peaks

In a new study, published in the journal Earth Systems and Environment, scientists found a link between localized COVID-19 peaks and air pollution due to temperature inversions or dust storms in Sahara.There Is a Link Between Air Pollution and COVID-19 Peaks

For their research, the scientists analyzed publicly available data based on four cases of significant COVID-19 peaks that were in Tenerife (Spain), the Canton of Ticino (Switzerland), Greater London (England), and Paris and surrounding regions (France).

The correlation between air pollution events and spikes in localized COVID-19 spikes indicates that air pollution is a contributing factor.

Mario Rohrer, a researcher at the Institute for Environmental Sciences, the University of Geneva, the director of Meteodat, and the corresponding author of the study, says: “[T]his time lag is surprising but also suggests that something else than just the mere interaction of people may promote the transmission of the virus, and particularly the severity of the infection.”

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