The Hill: Air pollution linked to more severe COVID-19: study


A new study from Ontario, Canada has linked poor air quality to severe COVID-19 infection. The research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that individuals who lived in areas of Ontario with high concentrations of pollutants such as fine particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide, and ground-level ozone were much more likely to be hospitalized or die due to COVID-19. The study analyzed data on 150,000 people ages older than 20 who tested positive for COVID-19 since 2020. Researchers believe air pollutants can reduce immune responses and antimicrobial activities in the lungs, thereby boosting viral loads. The full article by Sharon Udsain can be read here on The Hill. For more on COVID-19 click here

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