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Air pollution increases chance of being affected by COVID-19

Atta Ur Rehman KhanWeb Editor & Columnist

08th Apr, 2020. 12:17 am
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Finally it is revealed that being old and having week immune system can be the cause of death during this coronavirus pandemic.

According to an epidemiologist and air pollution expert at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, Kofi Amegah said that if you live in the polluted areas or you smoke than you have high chances to test positive for coronavirus.

The research of Harvard reads, “COVID-19 may kill between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans. The majority of the pre-existing conditions that increase the risk of death for COVID-19 are the same diseases that are affected by long-term exposure to air pollution.”

The research also claims that it increases the risk of COVID-19 deaths in the United States.

Researchers have found that air pollution is a leading cause of global death. In fact, they claim that it can raise death risk significantly more than other major causes of loss of life, including smoking, malaria, and general violence.

The research, which now appears in the journal Cardiovascular Research, suggests that policymakers, health organizations, and the media should be focusing far more on air pollution, given the severity of its effects.

Over the years, research has definitively demonstrated the negative health effects of air pollution. It is associated with an increase in cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attacks and strokes, as well as chronic conditions such as asthma. It also has adverse effects on pregnancy, such as preterm birth.

The study authors note that some air pollution is present in the natural world, such as significant amounts of dust in parts of Africa and in the form of particulate given off by wildfires in various places around the world.

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