Study links COVID-19 deaths to common tailpipe pollutant

Source: By Sean Reilly, E&E News • Posted: Thursday, April 15, 2021

The odds of a Los Angeles County resident contracting and dying from COVID-19 may in part hinge on their exposure to a common traffic pollutant, a newly released study finds. The neighborhood-by-neighborhood study of a metropolitan area hit hard by the pandemic found as much as a 60% increase in deaths from the virus-borne respiratory illness in neighborhoods with relatively high levels of nitrogen dioxide versus those with much cleaner air, according to a release accompanying the study published online in the journal Environment International. The findings by public health researchers at UCLA and other schools add to the mounting body of evidence of a link between air pollution and vulnerability to COVID-19.