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Study: Air pollution increases the severity of symptoms of corona infection


A new American study revealed that air pollution exacerbates the severity of symptoms of infection with the Corona virus, and researchers found that those who need intensive care and artificial respiration when infected with Corona were more likely to live in neighborhoods with higher levels of air pollution, according to what was published by the “inquirer” website. .


The researchers said that the worse the air pollution, the greater the chances of needing intensive care and artificial respiration for Corona patients.


The researchers studied about 2,038 American adults who were hospitalized with corona in the Detroit area, the largest city in the state of Michigan and one of the most polluted cities in the United States.


Dr. Anita Shalal, of Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, said long-term exposure to air pollution may weaken the immune system and make it more susceptible to viral infections, while fine particles in air pollution may also act as carriers of the virus and help it spread.


In a statement issued by the European Conference on Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Anita Shallal said that the study "draws attention to the systemic disparities that may have led to stark differences in corona results on racial grounds, that is, due to different skin color and race."


Air pollution risks to health

 

Even healthy people can be exposed to health effects from polluted air including respiratory irritation or breathing difficulties. The actual risk of harmful effects from pollution depends on your current health, the type and concentration of pollutants, and how long you have been exposed to polluted air.


High levels of air pollution can cause immediate health problems including:


Exacerbation of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases


Increased pressure on the heart and lungs, which must work harder to supply the body with oxygen


Respiratory cell damage


Long-term exposure to polluted air can have lasting health effects such as:


Accelerated aging of the lungs


Loss of lung capacity and decreased lung function


The development of diseases such as asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, and possibly cancer.

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