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The most polluted parts of the U.S. are more at risk for coronavirus deaths

7 Apr 2020

So far, someone who has lived in a county with only a microgram more air pollution per cubic meter is 15% more likely to die than someone in a county with cleaner air.

If you’ve spent a long time living in an area with high rates of air pollution and you’re infected with the new coronavirus, you may be at greater risk of dying. There could be a link between long-term exposure to high levels of PM 2.5 pollution—the tiny particles of soot that come from sources like car engines and coal gas power plants—and higher death rates from COVID-19.


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