Why air pollution is linked to severe cases of COVID-19

| September 2, 2020 | Leave a Comment

Item Link: Access the Resource

Media Type: Article - Recent

Date of Publication: July 17

Year of Publication: 2020

Publication City: San Francisco, CA

Publisher: Stanford Medicine

Author(s): Paul Costello

Categories: , ,

There is growing evidence of increased rates of COVID-19 in areas with high levels of air pollution. Stanford researcher Mary Prunicki, MD, PhD, studies how toxic air can make people chronically ill, and she’s monitoring this apparent connection between the pandemic and polluted air.

I spoke with her for a 1:2:1 podcast about how toxic pollutants can make people more susceptible to COVID-19, why people of color are particularly vulnerable, and how California wildfires could make it all worse. This Q&A is condensed and edited from our conversation.

Read the full conversation here.

The views and opinions expressed through the MAHB Website are those of the contributing authors and do not necessarily reflect an official position of the MAHB. The MAHB aims to share a range of perspectives and welcomes the discussions that they prompt.