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The Climate Pod

Mar 25, 2020

This week, we look at the very strange relationship between air pollution and COVID-19. Dr. Marshall Burke, Stanford University Earth System Science Professor and Deputy Director of Center on Food Security and the Environment, explains his piece "COVID-19 reduces economic activity, which reduces pollution, which saves lives." What happens when you calculate the health impacts of the drop of emissions? Dr. Burke explains. 

Then, Dr. Sara De Matteis, Associate Professor in Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Cagliari University in Cagliari, Italy, talks about how the long-term exposure to air pollution impacts COVID-19 patients. Can air pollution make the coronavirus more deadly?

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Further Reading:

Air pollution likely to increase coronavirus death rate, warn experts by Damian Carrington