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Coronavirus: still links between air pollution and disease severity



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Coronavirus: still links between air pollution and disease severity


Several studies have already shown how theair pollution increase the risk of contagion from coronavirus. The reason is that the virus itself seems to bind itself to larger particles in the air so the more polluted it is, the more it has grips. Other studies have instead seen how the pollution itself increases the severity of the diseaseCovid-19, and its mortality.

To say, in this round, are the researchers of the Georgia State University they used data from US Environmental Protection Agency crossing them with those provided by the various bodies that release information on daily infections and on the progress of the pandemic. They were also analyzed wind data and how it blows, thus affecting the transport of the virus.

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Among the results that the study brought, it was seen how the reduction of pollution due to the decrease in activities in the United States, nspecifically between January 22nd and August 15thled to a decrease in the numbers of daily infections, relatively speaking, e of mortality.

Coronavirus and pollution

The words of the researchers: “Local governments are weighing the trade-offs between reopening the economy and minimizing the Covid-19 toll. Our paper shows that by keeping current air pollution low, it is possible to help offset the disease burden created by the reopening. In recent years, the United States has deregulated structures responsible for large amounts of emissions. During the pandemic, these facilities were exempt from reporting their emission levels to the EPA, and other research has shown that this increased pollution levels around those facilities. “