Today’s Infectious Disease News (4/21/20)

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Studies: Long-Term Exposure to Air Pollution Heightens COVID-19 Death Risk

Two recent studies conclude that long-term exposure to air pollution increases the likelihood of dying from COVID-19. The research shows that living in an area with high concentrations of nitrogen dioxide or particulate matter significantly raises the risk of dying from the virus. According to the Harvard study, “a small increase in long-term exposure to [particulate matter] leads to a large increase in COVID-19 death rate”. Nitrogen dioxide, which is emitted from vehicles, power plants and other sources, can create particulate matter which raises the risk of developing respiratory diseases and infections.

Full Story: The Hill