How Toxic Air Leads to Higher Coronavirus Cases and Deaths
Comparing annual daily averages of NOx and NO2 levels to total coronavirus cases and deaths, researchers at the University of Cambridge have found that higher levels of pollution have lead to higher coronavirus cases and deaths. This research suggests a correlation and further research is required to confirm the link between toxic air pollution and coronavirus cases and deaths.
Researchers from the MRC Toxicology Unit at the University of Cambridge analysed the data on total coronavirus cases and deaths from seven regions in England against the levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx), collected between the years 2018 and 2019, before the virus hit the country.
This research follows suggestions out of Harvard University that long-term exposure to fine particulate matter may lead to an increase in coronavirus death rate.
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