Air pollution linked to Covid-19 deaths in England

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Today’s Guardian reports the findings of a preliminary study which has found the first evidence of a link between higher levels of air pollution and deaths from Covid-19 in England.

The analysis showed that London, the Midlands and the north-west had the highest levels of nitrogen oxide and higher numbers of coronavirus deaths.

“Our study adds to growing evidence from northern Italy and the United States that high levels of air pollution are linked to deadlier cases of Covid-19,” said Miguel Martins, of the University of Cambridge, who led team which produced the new analysis.

Experts accept that air pollution may increase susceptibility to Covid-19, but warn that early studies must be treated very carefully.

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