The link between air pollution and COVID-19 mortality rates is only starting to be understood.
An important study conducted by Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, released 5th April, found that an increase of only 1 µg/m3 in PM2.5 is associated with a 15% increase in the COVID-19 death rate.
There are many impacts of COVID-19 that are not understood. Many recovering patients have damaged lungs and it may impact health in other ways which are not yet known.
To tackle this, we are developing a Post-Covid Recovering Patient app, to help monitor your health over the long term. By self-reporting regularly and whenever you have symptoms, you can provide critical information about your health long term and identify how your health has been impacted by COVID-19. The data will be anonymised and overlaid with local air pollution data. Not only will this benefit you and your caregivers, but will inform scientists trying to tackle the disease. Given the link with air pollution, this will also help drive action from policy-makers on air and other environmental pollution.