Air Pollution Linked To 15% Of Coronavirus Deaths, Study Shows.

NDTV News provides latest news from India and the world. Get today’s news headlines from Business, Technology, Bollywood, Cricket, videos, photos, live news coverage and exclusive breaking news from India.

Air Pollution Linked To 15% Of Coronavirus Deaths, Study Shows

Long-term exposure to air pollution may be linked to 15 percent of Covid deaths globally(File)


Long-term exposure to air pollution may be linked to 15 percent of Covid-19 deaths globally, according to research published Tuesday that highlights the health risks posed by greenhouse gas emissions.

Previous research has showed how air pollution from exhaust fumes and factories takes two years off the life expectancy of every man, woman and child on Earth.

Now experts in Germany and Cyprus say they have estimated the proportion of deaths from coronavirus that can be blamed of the exacerbating effects of air pollution.

Their study, published in the journal Cardiovascular Research, drew on health and disease data from the US and China relating to air pollution, Covid-19 and SARS -- a serious lung disease similar to Covid.

They combined this with satellite data of global exposure to particulate matter -- microscopic particles -- as well as ground-based pollution monitoring networks, to calculate to what extent air pollution can be blamed for Covid-19 deaths.

In East Asia, which has some of the highest levels of harmful pollution on the planet, the authors found that 27 percent of Covid-19 deaths could be attributed to the health effects of poor air quality.

In Europe the proportion was 19 percent, compared with 17 percent in North America.

"If both long-term exposure to air pollution and infection with the Covid-19 virus come together then we have an adverse effect on health, particularly with respect to the heart and blood vessels," said paper co-author Thomas Munzel.

He said that air pollution made known Covid-19 risk factors such as lung and heart problems more likely.

Specifically, the team noted that particulate matter appeared to increase the activity of a receptor on lung cell surfaces, ACE-2, which is known to be involved in the way Covid-19 infects patients.


"So we have a double hit: air pollution damages the lungs and increases the activity of ACE-2, which in turn leads to enhanced uptake of the virus," said Munzel, a professor at the University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz.

'Remedy is reduce emissions'

The authors stressed that attributing Covid-19 deaths to air pollution did not mean that pollution itself was killing people with Covid -- though they didn't rule out such a cause-effect linkage.

Jos Lelieveld, of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, told AFP that the research suggested "the pollution particles are a co-factor in aggravating the disease".

He said their estimates suggested that more than 6,100 Covid deaths in Britain could be attributed to air pollution. In the US that figure is around 40,000.

The authors said that without a fundamental change in how cities power themselves, including a transition to clean and renewable energy sources, air pollution would continue to kill huge numbers of people even after the pandemic recedes.

"The pandemic ends with the vaccination of the population or with herd immunity through extensive infection of the population," they wrote.

"However, there are no vaccines against poor air quality and climate change. The remedy is to mitigate emissions."

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

Гал-Інфо Шмигаль: Уряд готується до всіх можливих сценаріїв розвитку епідемічної ситуації. Гал-Інфо Мови про запровадження більш жорстких карантинних заходів зараз не йде. Водночас Уряд готується до всіх можливих сценаріїв, зокрема і до можливого введення карантину зимових свят. Про це повідомив Прем’єр-міністр Денис Шмигаль під час чергового засідання Кабінету Міністрів України 25 листопада, - інформує Урядовий портал.
Главком Хомчак: за 122 дні «перемир’я» загинуло четверо українських бійців. Главком За час перемир’я в Збройних силах України – четверо загиблих та 14 поранених
Патріот Донбасу Підозрюється у державній зраді: СБУ викрила командира одного з підрозділів Нацгвардії. Патріот Донбасу Під час спецоперації Служба безпеки України викрила командира одного з підрозділів Національної гвардії на передачі спецслужбам РФ відомостей у сфері оборони нашої держави. Він був завербований представниками ГУ Генштабу ЗС РФ. Запис Підозрюється у державній зраді: СБУ викрила командира одного з підрозділів Нацгвардії(відео)спершу було опубліковано на Патріот Донбасу.
Главком «Укрзалізниця» відновлює рух низки поїздів на зимові свята. Главком Також перевізник відновив рух деяких поїздів
Цензор.НЕТ До кінця року Держбюджет-2020 буде повністю виконаний. Цензор.НЕТ Прем’єр-міністр України Денис Шмигаль впевнений, що державний бюджет України на 2020 рік буде повністю виконаний.
Related news

Ukraine to extend anti-Russian economic sanctions until 2022.

The Ukrainian government intends to extend trade sanctions on goods originating in Russia for one more year, until 2022, according to the draft decree on the agenda of the government meeting on Wednesday. It was drafted by the Ukrainian Ministry o...


Meghan Markle reveals she had a miscarriage in the summer.

The Duchess of Sussex has revealed that she had a miscarriage in July, giving a personal account of the traumatic experience in hope of helping others.

4 33

When And How Will COVID-19 Vaccines Become Available Around The World.

Pfizer Inc with partner BioNTech SE and Moderna Inc have released trial data showing their COVID-19 vaccines to be about 95 per cent effective at preventing the illness, while AstraZeneca Plc this...


Car Crashes Into The Gate Of Angela Merkel's Office, Driver Arrested.

A car with slogans scrawled on its sides crashed into the gate of the office of German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Wednesday, a Reuters witness said.

4 2

U.S. warship challenges Russia's claims in Sea of Japan

Russia inherited the Soviet claim to the Peter the Great Bay, which the U.S. Navy said is "inconsistent with the rules of international law

7 9

Amsterdam Court of Appeal appoints new judge in Scythian gold case.

The Amsterdam Court of Appeal has appointed a new judge in the Scythian gold case.


Meghan Markle Says She Had Miscarriage: «I Knew... I Was Losing My Second»

Meghan, Britain's Duchess of Sussex, has revealed that she had a miscarriage, an extraordinarily personal disclosure coming from a high-profile British royal.

4 3

Azerbaijani forces move into further territory ceded by Armenia in brokered truce.

A cease-fire brokered by Russia two weeks ago stipulated that Armenia hand over control to Azerbaijan of some areas its holds outside Nagorno-Karabakh's borders.

4 7

Australia Revokes Citizenship Of Muslim Cleric Convicted For Terror.

Australia has cancelled the citizenship of an Algerian-born Muslim cleric who was convicted of leading a terrorist cell that planned to bomb a football match in Melbourne in 2005, Minister for Home...

4 54

Hong Kong leader says Chinese security law has been ‘effective in restoring stability’.

Lam also criticized foreign governments for interfering in Hong Kong's affairs, saying it had jeopardized national security.

4 42