A new report found that previous exposure of a person to air pollution could mean that if they were infected with Covid-19, they would likely need hospital treatment. ..
Researchers at Imperial College London have found a link between people’s exposure to polluted air and how sick they are when infected with Covid-19.
Commissioned by the Mayor of London and led by the Imperial Environmental Studies Group, the report saw scientists evaluate research around the world.
They found that exposure to air pollution before a pandemic not only increased the risk of requiring hospitalization if infected with the virus, but also increased the likelihood of getting sick in the first place.
The findings come from a small number of studies that found that when animals inhaled pollutants, the coronavirus increased the amount of protein attached to the lungs. We also take advantage of the growing evidence associated with air pollution and heart and lung disease. These patients are more likely to get sick when infected with Covid-19.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the review “clearly” emphasizes the importance of air pollution efforts to help communities build confidence in Covid-19. increase.
He states: “We already know that air pollution is associated with life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, lung disease and asthma. However, previous studies have shown that pneumonia, bronchitis and, more recently, infectious diseases such as Covid-19. We have underestimated the role that air pollution plays in.
“This new review, led by Imperial researchers, clearly demonstrates that air pollution efforts are an integral part of building resilience to Covid-19 and other infectious diseases. The decision we make now to tackle is really a matter of life and death.
“We can’t turn a blind eye to the clear evidence of the dangers of toxic air pollution. That’s why we’re working to expand our ultra-low emissions zone next month and need to eradicate pollution in our city. We will continue to act boldly. “
Both air pollution and Covid-19 are known to exacerbate the inequality that exists in society.
Previous studies have shown that those exposed to the worst air pollution in the capital are more likely to be deprived of Londoners from a low-income background.
People living in highly polluted areas are also very likely to come from black, Asian and ethnic minority communities.
Studies have also found that people with a black, Asian, and ethnic minority background in the United Kingdom are unbalanced under the influence of Covid-19.
Professor Paul Plant, Deputy Director of Public Health Services in London, welcomed the results of the review.
He states: “Poor air quality has a particular impact on people who are vulnerable to respiratory problems, such as heart and lung disease, children and the elderly, and exacerbates health inequality.
“Improved air quality is essential to reduce the health effects of air pollution throughout London, helping people live longer and healthier lives beyond the pandemic.”