Air pollution's association to COVID-19 disease severity

United Kingdom // 31 July, 2020

Experts in the United Kingdom have warned that increase in air pollution may lead to more COVID-19 cases and raise the severity of disease. Since air pollution increases the risk of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, and the latter two diseases lead to severe forms of COVID-19, there could be a link between air pollution and severe COVID-19. Experts have urged for further investigation on this issue, citing that good air quality that prevailed during the lockdown will reduce as restrictions ease. If there is a link between reduced air quality and COVID-19, it should be known in order to manage the pandemic better.

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