Killer Combination: Pandemic and Particulate Matter

Living in polluted areas significantly ups the risk of dying from COVID-19, according to a new study of US counties published in Science Advances.
 
The study found that over the long term, even a slight increase in particulate matter concentration increases the COVID-19 mortality rate by 11%, New Scientist reports.
 
The result “matters a tonne” in terms of forecasting which areas will need the most resources to fight the disease, says lead investigator Francesca Dominici of Harvard University.
 
Air pollution weakens the lungs, making them more vulnerable to respiratory illnesses like COVID-19.
 
A Global Concern: New Delhi—which already has the world’s worst air quality—clocked its most toxic air in a year Thursday, Reuters reports.
 
A good intervention for this “double danger”? Wearing a mask, notes the Times of India.

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