Researchers found a 9% increase in COVID-19 mortality when the respiratory hazard index, a measure of air quality in the environment, increased.
According to The Hill, the study cited diesel pollutants, soot and smog as well as substances such as naphthalene and acetaldehyde as potential pollutants that contributed to the increased mortality from COVID-19.
Researchers at the State University of New York and Propolis said a 1 percent increase in ozone concentration, known as smog, led to a 2% increase in mortality. In April, researchers at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health reported that prolonged exposure to fine particulate air pollution, or PM2.5, caused a large increase in the mortality rate of COVID-19.
The latest study also found that according to The Hill, the cortavirus ethics rate increased by 0.9% microgram-per-cubic-meter, leading to a 24% increase in the coronovirus ethics rate. Researchers collected their data from an analysis of air pollution and COVID-19 deaths in 3,100 counties.
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