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Twindemic: link between air pollution, COVID-19

  • Posted By
    10Pointer
  • Categories
    Environment
  • Published
    10th Nov, 2020

Context

  • Studies show that air pollution increases susceptibility to COVID-19 andother ailments by damaging the heart and lungs in the long-term.

Key-highlights of the Study

  • The study was published in 
  • It found traces of SARS-CoV-2 RNA, the genetic material of the coronavirus on air pollutants.
  • Air pollution was acting as a hidden element in intensifying the impact of COVID-19.
  • Air pollutants can carry the novel coronavirus’ genetic material.
  • Studies have also concluded that COVID-19 deaths could increase due to long-term exposure to PM.
  • Two studies in the United States prove that air pollutants like nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and PM 2.5 were likely to enhance populations’ susceptibility to severe COVID-19 death outcomes.

What precautions are required?

  • Besides maintaining hygiene, washing hands and maintaining social distancing, wearing masks is essential to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19.