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Kovid-19 from air pollution increases the risk of death: study

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Bengaluru: Air pollution in Bengaluru is associated with an estimated 6,300 lives in the first half of 2020 and the city’s annual GDP has fallen by 3.7 percent despite strict enforcement of the Kovid-19 related lockdown.
According to a new online tool from IQAir AirVisual and Greenpeace-Southeast Asia, research suggests that the risk of long-term air pollution increases the risk of severe Kovid-19 infection and death.
The two organizations claimed in a statement, “Air pollution in Bengaluru is associated with an estimated 6,300 losses in the first half of 2020, despite a tight Kovid-related lockdown.”
It has also been revealed that air pollution took a major toll on the city’s economy at a cost of about Rs 6,973 crore in the last six months, which is equivalent to 3.7% of Bengal’s total annual GDP.
The study claimed that health losses from air pollution are expected to cost 1–5.8% of GDP in major metropolitan cities of the world in the first half of this year.
Out of all the 28 cities studied, Delhi has the highest economic cost of air pollution as a percentage of GDP due to the effects of PM2.5 and NO2 pollution.
Although some cities have seen a temporary withdrawal of blue skies as a result of Kovid-19 related restrictions, these gains were reversed as soon as the lockdown ended, the organizations observed.
“… chronic air pollution risk is associated with diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and chronic lung diseases. Patients with these conditions are at greater risk of hospitalization with Kovid-19,” he claimed. .
The study said that it is more important than ever that investment be directed towards green, fair and sustainable sectors of society.
“Now is the time for our health, community and our economies to rapidly get away from polluting fossil fuels,” said Avinash Chanchal of Greenpeace India.

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