The wildfires sweeping the Western US are contributing directly to the pandemic, according to a new Science Advances study that linked thousands of COVID-19 cases and deaths to the blazes.
The data, from 92 counties across California, Oregon, and Washington from March–December 2020, found that short-term exposure to fine particulate matter from the blazes worsened symptoms and likely increased transmission.
This localized study has broader implications:
‘’This illustrates the systemic and contingent nature of crises and how the effects of one global crisis (climate change) can have cascading effects on concurrent global crises (the COVID-19 pandemic),” the authors wrote.
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