Coronavirus threat greater in polluted cities. Conditions caused by dirty air likely to cut survival chances

Those living in polluted cities are more at risk from Covid-19, the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) warned today. Air pollution can cause hypertension, diabetes and respiratory diseases, conditions that doctors are starting to link to higher mortality rates for Covid-19. A 2003 study on victims of the coronavirus SARS found that patients in regions with moderate air pollution levels were 84% more likely to die than those in regions with low air pollution. The European Respiratory Society (ERS) is an EPHA member. Dr Sara De Matteis, Associate Professor in ...

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