Covid-19 to 15 percent of deaths worldwide related to air pollution: study

Scientists in a new study have claimed that around 15 percent of deaths from covid-19 worldwide are due to living in an environment with persistent air pollution.

Researchers have found that about 19 percent of covid-19 deaths in Europe, 17 percent of deaths in North America, and about 27 percent of deaths in East Asia are related to air pollution. Researchers from the German Max Planck Institute for Chemistry were also involved in this study.

The study, published in the journal Cardiovascular, analyzed coronavirus deaths and attributed air pollution to different countries around the world.

The study team said it analyzed the number of deaths caused by covid-19 and the increased threats to the population due to air pollution. The researchers found that the extracted ratio shows no direct association between air pollution and covid-19 mortality. However, direct and indirect associations have been identified between the increased severity of the disease and other health risks due to air pollution.

The researchers used previous studies in the US and China on air pollution and COVID-19. In 2003, data on SARS disease were also used. The study team analyzed a model related to longer life in an atmosphere with supernatural particles such as PM2.5 in the air.

Data on the epidemic was used through the third week of June 2020, and researchers said full analysis would be needed after the epidemic was over.