How air pollution will affect India’s battle with Covid-19 

Check out how air pollution is ready to affect India’s fight with coronavirus:

Winters are almost here and toxic air pollution is over our heads, India’s battle against the novel coronavirus is set to go through a whole new range of challenges and hurdles. Already battling the difficulties given by the deadly virus, the country is once again in a state of distress and turmoil. As per the experts, the combination of COVID-19 and high levels of pollution can be deadly and may pose serious health risks. As Covid-19 has been detected as a respiratory illness, it is natural to assume that exposure to toxic air quality only increases the risk. Have a look the issue in detail below: 

  • Double the trouble 

Covid-19 is a problem associated with the human respiratory system.which means the high levels of hazardous pollutants in the air, it is extremely difficult to overlook the greater risk that is posed to human life. Right now, India has the second-highest number of coronavirus cases, keeping the increase in air pollution, it is going to be one of the major setbacks in the fight against COVID-19. Both the virus and the pollution attack the lungs, India might experience a lot of strain not just in terms of tackling the situation but also in terms of providing facilities and equipment.

  • COVID-19 deaths linked to Air pollution

Before the arrival of coronavirus, various studies have explored the connection between air pollution and many respiratory illnesses. In one of the latest studies, about 15% of people who died from COVID-19 worldwide had had long-term exposure to fine particulate air pollution.

As per the reports produced by Harvard and Emory University, there could be a possible link between higher death rates from COVID-19 and long-term pollution exposure. During their investigation, they looked into the role of particulate matter, ozone and nitrogen oxides in COVID-19 deaths by comparing county death rates to pollution levels and other potential factors.

  • How will this toxic air effect live? 

As per the World Health Organization, oxic air can kill 7 million people a year globally. In addition, they claimed that even short term exposure to air pollution can result in long term respiratory illnesses.

In India, with people celebrating the festive season with firecrackers and farmers burning thousands of acres of crops all over the northern region, it is believed that human lives will be in great danger. 

  • How to tackle it? 

Other than following the basic safety precautions such as practicing social distancing, wearing masks, washing hands, and sanitizing frequently touched surfaces, people must safeguard their environment. One must avoid burning crackers or doing activities that can worsen air quality.  During these times, avoid outdoor activities as the air quality may be contaminated. Consume a healthy diet in order to boost immunity.