The relation between AIR POLLUTION AND COVID-19 is weird and true at the same time. With scientists exploring various aspects of COVID-19 disease, new data are now available to understand the effect of air pollution and covid.
Studies conducted in countries like India, USA, England, Italy and China have shown that Air pollution increases the transmission capacity and Covid death rates.
Let us see what country statistics have to say about this relation and how is this possible
DOES AIR POLLUTION INCREASE COVID TRANSMISSION- probably YES
DOES AIR POLLUTION INCREASE COVID DEATH RATE- probably YES
AIR POLLUTION is defined as increase of harmful gases in atmosphere.
The industry and automobile industries release gases such as Nitrogen oxides, Sulphur oxides, Carbon dioxides, Dust etc. that are harmful to the human body.
Th dust spread in the environment by such activites in calculated as PARTICULATE MATTER (PM).
PM of size 2.5micrometer (PM2.5) are small and easily enter our lungs.
Whereas PM of size 10micrometer (PM10) are large and irritate our eyes.
The increase in these PM in the air is now a vehicle for COVID-19 virus to spread and cause more deaths !!!
CAN AIR PULLUTION INCREASE TRANSMISSION OF COVID?
Air pollution could create a suitable environment for the virus. The virus can cling to the particulate matters and can transport to greater distances. It can also from clusters with PM and travel to large distances.
Research studies conducted across the world have shown that places which had more PM in their atmosphere also had more cases of COVID-19 so far.
This is what COUNTRYWISE STATISTICS state-
Strong associations have been noted between PM and COVID disease severity.
A study from China found that a 10-μg/m3 increase in PM2.5, PM10 and NO2 was associated with a 2.24%, 1.76% and 6.94%increase in the daily incidences of COVID cases, respectively.
Not just China, but places such as Italy, California have found a similar trend that as the level of pollutants in the air increase, there is an increase in the COVID cases reported per day !!
In England, increase in PM2.5 was associated with 12.5% increase in covid cases.
A study in DUTCH found that 1μg/m3 increase in PM2.5 will have 9.4 more COVID cases and 3 more COVID deaths !!
These statistics clearly state the relation between AIR POLLUTION and COVID and how COVID can increase the transmission capacity of COVID virus.
Some scientists guessed that decreased pollution levels during lockdown might be a contributing factor for the decrease in covid cases during lockdown. And they even guessed that covid cases might increase after lockdown is lifted and air pollution levels start to rise again which seems to be true for many countries and states around the world.
If we look the other way around, the maximum cases of covid have been reported in some of the countries and states which have poor air quality index indicating the relation between AIR POLLUTION and COVID-19 disease.
CAN AIR POLLUTION LEAD TO INCREASE IN COVID DEATH RATE ??
Increase in Air pollutants, make lungs more vulnerable to Covid-19 virus.
The Particulate matters (PM) present as air pollutants, damage our lungs in various ways such as-
inflammatory changes in lung tissue
- alters the mucociliary function (this causes problem in removing unwanted particles out from lungs)
- increase the epithelial permiability
- In a study, it was found that in response to increase in air pollution, there is an increase in ACE receptor.
- This ACE receptor also acts a receptor for COVID-19 virus. Thus helping easy atttachment of COVID virus to lungs.
All of these, will not only increase the chance of attachment of covid virus to the lung surfaces but also increase severity of the disease.
A study conducted in China found that for every 10µ/m3 increase in PM2.5 and PM10, the severity increases by 0.24% and 0.26% respectively.
A study in USA found that an increase in NO2 in air was associated with 16.2% increase in death rates !!! An increase of only 1µ/m3 in PM2.5 was associated with 8% increase in COVID death rates.
AIR POLLUTION has strong relation with COVID fatality rate. Hence, the increasing pollution can cause more cases and more deaths!
Make sure you as a citizen do not aggravate this pollution.
Governments of some states in INDIA, have imposed BAN ON CRACKERS and this step should be highly supported by us as citizen.
Avoid burning crackers even if your state government has not imposed a ban on crackers because this will ultimately affect us or our family members !!
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