Air pollution and COVID-19
COVID-19 has impacted all of our lives, and there are signs that air pollution and coronavirus could be linked.
How are they linked?
There are some early studies showing that breathing in air pollution may increase the likelihood of severe impacts from COVID-19, including hospitalisation and death. We need more research to really understand this link but we do know that air pollution causes and worsens lung conditions, which increase people’s risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19.
People with long COVID could be more susceptible to toxic air
It is likely people living with long-term breathing challenge from COVID-19 may also be more affected by breathing in air pollution, due to their weakened lung health. More research is needed, but we know enough to make sure that recovery from the pandemic includes urgent action to reduce toxic air.
“Over the last year, the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed lung health to the front of all our minds. It has turned the world upside down and shone a spotlight on the devastating impact that respiratory conditions can have on people’s lives. It has shown us the importance of building resilient and healthy societies that can better withstand shocks, both now and in the future.”Sarah Woolnough, CEO, Asthma UK and British Lung Foundation
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How can I protect myself from air pollution?
Advice on how to protect your lungs from air pollution and what you can do to tackle it.
What effect does air pollution have on your health?
Air pollution can affect us all. Learn more about the devastating impacts that air pollution can have on your health.