Undark: Air pollution could make people more vulnerable to COVID-19Apr 16, 2020
With road and air travel ground to a halt, the skies in American cities are less polluted now than they were before the pandemic, but experts say the effects of decades of exposure won’t simply disappear.
But a lot of variables come into play. “There are so many other factors that are so dominant,” said Jonathan Samet, a pulmonary physician and epidemiologist at the Colorado School of Public Health, a partnership of the University of Colorado Anschutz, Colorado State University, and the University of Northern Colorado. Air pollution might be a minor player over an inability to socially distance, or actively smoking and perhaps vaping. “Our pollution exposures vary,” Samet said. “Disentangling this for research, would be, to me, almost an impossibility.”
Read the full story at Undark.