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AIR POLLUTION AND COVID-19

NEW STUDY FROM THE HARVARD T.H. CHAN SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH SHOWED THAT SMALL INCREASES IN LONG-TERM PARTICULATE MATTER EXPOSURE ARE ASSOCIATED WITH LARGE INCREASES IN THE COVID-19 DEATH RATE. WE KNOW THAT LONG-TERM EXPOSURE TO AIR POLLUTION CAN WORSEN SYMPTOMS OF LUNG DISEASE AND INCREASE SUSCEPTIBILITY TO LUNG INFECTION – WHICH NOW INCLUDES NEW EVIDENCE ABOUT AIR POLLUTION AND COVID-19. WE HAVE LONG ADVOCATED FOR STRONGER AIR QUALITY HEALTH STANDARDS. PLEASE JOIN OUR EFFORTS THROUGH OUR HEALTHY AIR CAMPAIGN.

sMOKING AND VAPING AND COVID-19

THE CDC HAS IDENTIFIED SMOKERS AT HIGH-RISK FOR SEVERE ILLNESS FROM COVID-19. WE KNOW THAT SMOKING AND VAPING CAUSES HARM TO THE LUNGS, LEAVING LUNG TISSUE INFLAMED, FRAGILE AND SUSCEPTIBLE TO INFECTION. IN ADDITION, TOBACCO USE HAS BEEN PROVEN TO HARM THE IMMUNE SYSTEM AND AIRWAY LINING CELLS THAT CONTAIN CILIA ON THEIR SURFACE. WHICH ARE OUR ESSENTIAL DEFENDERS AGAINST VIRUSES LIKE COVID-19. WITHOUT THEM WORKING PROPERLY, OUR LUNGS ARE MORE VULNERABLE.