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.