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Air pollution exposure linked with 15% of global Covid deaths: study

Oct 27, 2020 17:19 IST

A new study has found a link between long-term air pollution exposure and Covid-19 mortality. The study, published in the journal Cardiovascular Research found that about 15 per cent of deaths worldwide from novel coronavirus may be linked to long-term exposure to air pollution. Researchers, including those from Max Planck Institute in Germany, found that in Europe the proportion of Covid-19 deaths linked to air pollution was about 19 per cent, in North America, it was 17 per cent, and in East Asia about 27 per cent. The results are based on epidemiological data collected up to the third week in June 2020 and the researchers say a comprehensive evaluation will need to follow after the pandemic has subsided.

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