Cities with worst air pollution have bigger coronavirus outbreaks, say scientists

Posted: April 22, 2020 by oldbrew in Emissions, pollution, research


Correlation is not necessarily causation of course. People in cities are likely to come into close contact with higher numbers of other potentially-infected people, by the very nature of things. There’s also an attempt to link coronavirus problems to fuel burning in this article: ‘Long-term exposure to air pollutants from car exhaust fumes or burning fossil fuels can put people at risk of these health conditions, and can also increase the risk of infection by viruses that affect people’s airways.’
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Higher air pollution has been linked to coronavirus as a study by Cambridge University says cities with the worst air have bigger outbreaks of cases, says the Daily Telegraph.

An analysis by the Medical Research Council Toxicology Unit compared regional data on total Covid-19 cases and deaths, against levels of three major air pollutants.

The study used data from seven regions in England, where a minimum of 2,000 infections and 200 deaths are reported from February to April 8, 2020, and air pollution records from more than 120 sites in 2018 and 2019.

Levels of pollutants nitrogen dioxide and nitrogen oxide, much of which comes from traffic fumes, were highest in London, the Midlands and the North West and lowest in southern regions of England.

Fatalities of people with the coronavirus, known as Sars-CoV-2, followed the same trend, the study found, suggesting the higher the pollution levels, the greater number of Covid-19 cases and deaths.

The researchers said their study provided evidence that higher levels of some air pollutants correlate with increased Covid-19 mortality and spread in England.

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Comments
  1. Jim says:

    Agenda politics again. The virus, all viruses, spread because of population not pollution. Those areas had population centers, people. Did a car, the sun spread the virus, or did personal contact spread the virus? Some of those doctors need to review biowarfare studies. They are not nice, but, they are eye-opening.

  2. ivan says:

    compared regional data on total Covid-19 cases and deaths

    Total bulls*** for the several reasons. First, not everyone has been tested, second, most of the tests are unreliable, third, have they proven that the deaths reported as being Covid-19 actually Covid-19 and not something else.

    It is getting to the point where we, the public, are being lead by the nose by the MSM (think toilet paper) because most people have been taught to rely on government pronouncements and those of ‘scientists’ rather than thinking for themselves.

  3. Adam Gallon says:

    I find the claims dubious. Correlation, doesn’t necessarily equal causation.

  4. oldbrew says:

    It’s not hard to imagine climate alarmists claiming ‘scientists say’ exposure to any kind of fuel burning makes people more prone to catching potentially deadly viruses.

  5. JB says:

    A year ago, while being treated for H Pilori virus, I asked the gastro doc what triggered the virus to go active in me, since >60% of the population has it?

    He had no answer. All he was good for was an ulcer ablation tech.

    If a person can have a virus yet dormant, what triggers its activity?

    Some time back when we lived in an atmospherically dirty city, I worked in a cave subject to dust daily, and our rental house was pushing dirt through the house due to poorly installed HVAC plumbing. Both my wife and I had more respiratory problems requiring ER visits than anywhere else in our lives .In my case, I developed pneumonia which the doc managed to kill in a few hours and sent me home.

    I’ve read that Wuhan China is basically an industrial waste cite with a lot of air pollution. Makes sense to me that people whose lungs are overloaded with foreign particulates are more susceptible to developing respiratory related illnesses.

  6. Kip Hansen says:

    Areas with the highest pollution are equal too areas with the highest levels of poverty which are equal to the highest areas of all-cause mortality — CoVid-19 follows the same pattern and should be no surprise.

    The same goes for the ethnicity claim — poorer people live in closer contact with one another and have less-good health generally and have higher rates of the related co-morbidities. Thus, higher rates of covid infection and higher death rates.

  7. oldbrew says:

    Liverpool Uni recommends vitamin D supplements during virus lockdowns.

    https://www.technology.org/2020/04/22/covid-19-vitamin-d-and-latitude/

  8. pochas94 says:

    I’m with those here who think population density is major. If you can keep your exposure to a minimal level you can acquire immunity without getting sick. Eventually enough people are immune so that you’re probability of getting a serious dose of virus becomes nil. A little sunlight helps, too.

  9. stpaulchuck says:

    those venues also have way higher concentrations of buses. So then according to this research buses cause CV-19 infections. More buses, more infections. Higher concentrations of buses, higher concentrations of CV-19 disease.

    EUREKA! I’ve solved it! Get rid of the buses.

  10. Phoenix44 says:

    Such utter nonsense. The biggest correlation is with age. If you are over 65, your chances of being seriously ill or dying are at least ten times higher than if you are 20-65. If you suffer from ill-health, particularly diabetes, hypertension or CHD, you have a much higher risk. These effects swamp everything else. A 20 year old with no health problems but living next to a major road has effectively ZERO risk from COVID.

    As for infection rates, we simply do not know. We have no idea whether the infection rate in London is 3% or 30% or higher. We don’t the sensitivity and specificity of the test, we don’t do random testing and we don’t know when it started. So any study based on the existing numbers has zero chance of being right.

  11. Paul Vaughan says:

    All the buses can be used to build a borg cube. The left won’t be able to resist a borg bus cube. Then we rightfully physically distance because we canNOT afford to be left in a state of borg con tact. Watching Left Lockdown Lust (LLL) has convinced me: we need physical distancing because the left and the right strictly cannot coexist. The right loves Chinese people, while the left is in a deep state of love with the Chinese government. Just think: Our bureaucrats use our tax donations to work against us for the Chinese government. That’s what it means to be left in the deep state. “Have I got a deal for you! You pay me to (*wink* *wink*) trick you into surrendering your freedom. You’ll have a window-seat on the borg bus cube where your fate will be sealed facing SatUN.” Corona made it official: All governments worldwide — whether state, federal, municipal, in US, or Africa — are branches of “The Party”, working 24/7 to crush human rights into the metallic shape of a borg bus cube.

  12. Gamecock says:

    ‘Fatalities of people with the coronavirus, known as Sars-CoV-2, followed the same trend, the study found, suggesting the higher the pollution levels, the greater number of Covid-19 cases and deaths.’

    The DT has no editors?

    ‘coronavirus, known as Sars-CoV-2’

    ‘greater number of Covid-19 cases’

    So it’s NOT KNOWN as Sars-CoV-2.

    Pick a name. Any name. Stick with it.

    Again, people talking about ‘pollution’ in England are being ridiculous. Y’all fixed it decades ago.

  13. oldbrew says:

    Gamecock – it’s correct…

    ‘This article is about the virus that causes COVID-19.’ – Wikipedia

    Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is the virus strain that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a respiratory illness.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Severe_acute_respiratory_syndrome_coronavirus_2

  14. Gamecock says:

    No. It’s not correct.

    ‘Fatalities of people with the coronavirus, known as Sars-CoV-2, followed the same trend, the study found, suggesting the higher the pollution levels, the greater number of Covid-19 cases and deaths.’

    You can’t call it two different things in the same damn sentence.