The Pandemic is Slashing Deadly Air Pollution

There’s 2 sides of the coin when it comes to air pollution and COVID-19.
One the one hand, long-term lung damage from intense air pollution may worsen the disease, The Guardian reports.
But the massive, pandemic-forced slowdown has also reduced emissions. Stanford University’s Marshall Burke quantified the impact and found that up to 75,000 premature deaths may be prevented due to this period of reduced pollution—far eclipsing the coronavirus deaths so far, CNN reports.
Burke say's he's not implying an upside to global pandemics. Rather: “the calculation is perhaps a useful reminder of the often-hidden health consequences of the status quo,” says Burke.

And the scaled-back pollution isn’t only being seen in China—in Venice, people are tweeting photos of canal waters cleaner than they’ve been "in forever."

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