Study links coronovirus mortality to air pollution risk


A new study published on Friday has the latest linking pollution risk to the risk of dying from coronovirus.

Study published by IOP It was found that increasing the concentration of several pollutants of a class known as hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) was associated with a 9 percent increase in COVID-19 mortality.

The study linked diesel exhaust, soot and smog as well as substances called naphthalene and acetaldehyde to increase coronovirus mortality.

Low-income communities and communities of color are more likely to live in areas with higher pollution rates and have also been largely affected by the epidemic.

The study linked a 0.5 microgram per cubic-meter increase in the concentration of diesel exhaust to a 182 percent increase in mortality. It also linked the 0.3-μg-per-cubic-meter increase of naphthalene to a 791 percent increase in mortality.

According to the study, an increase in soot per cubic meter is associated with a 7 percent increase in mortality. Similarly, a Harvard study earlier this year linked soot to a higher risk of dying from the virus.

A new study by researchers at the State University of New York College and Propolis found that an increase of 1 billion per billion in ozone concentration, commonly called smog, was associated with a 2 percent increase in mortality.

And it is associated with a 0.9-μg-per-cubic-meter increase in acetaldehyde with a 24 percent increase in Coronvelida deaths.

According to ProPublica, researchers investigated air pollution and COVID-19 deaths from approximately 3,100 counties.

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