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A new study by Harvard University in the US has claimed a correlation between long-term exposure to high levels of air pollution and Covid-19 mortality rates.
According to the study, Covid-19 patients in regions that have had a history of high levels of air pollution are more likely to succumb to the illness than those in states with relatively better air quality. “The results of this paper suggest that long-term exposure to air pollution increases vulnerability to experiencing the most severe Covid-19 outcomes,” the authors wrote.
The study was conducted as a majority of pre-existing conditions that increase susceptibility to Covid-19 are respiratory illnesses, which are linked to long-term exposure to air pollution.
While the US government scientists estimate that the pandemic may kill between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans, the study says most of them will be from areas with a high particulate matter (PM) count.
Analysing 3,000 counties in the US accounting for 98 per cent of the country’s population, up to 4 April, the Harvard University study claimed that “an increase of only 1 μg/m3 in PM2.5 is associated with a 15% increase in the COVID-19 death rate”.
As an example, the study said if Manhattan in New York had lowered its average PM level by just one unit in the past two decades, 248 deaths due to coronavirus could have been avoided. As of 8 April morning, New York has seen a total of 5,489 deaths.
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