publication . Article . 2021

COVID-19 Higher Mortality in Chinese Regions With Chronic Exposure to Lower Air Quality

Riccardo Pansini; Davide Fornacca;
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  • Published: 22 Jan 2021
  • Country: Switzerland
Abstract
<jats:p>We investigated the geographical character of the COVID-19 infection in China and correlated it with satellite- and ground-based measurements of air quality. Controlling for population density, we found more viral infections in those prefectures (U.S. county equivalent) afflicted by high Carbon Monoxide, Formaldehyde, PM 2.5, and Nitrogen Dioxide values. Higher mortality was also correlated with relatively poor air quality. When summarizing the results at a greater administrative level, we found that the 10 provinces (U.S. state equivalent) with the highest rate of mortality by COVID-19, were often the most polluted but not the most densely populated. Ai...
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free text keywords: Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health, air pollution, SARS-CoV-2, risk factors, virulence, climate change, Public Health, Brief Research Report, ddc:333.7-333.9, Population density, Geography, Environmental health, Nitrogen dioxide, chemistry.chemical_compound, chemistry, Air pollution, medicine.disease_cause, medicine, China, Air quality index, Climate change, Risk factor, Public health, medicine.medical_specialty, lcsh:Public aspects of medicine, lcsh:RA1-1270
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