Covid-19, Air quality and Weather

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April 22, 1970, the first earth day, people went on streets and demanded clean and fresh air, did you know that ten percent of the United States population led to the Clean Air Act, and other landmark environmental protection laws.

Two days ago, President Trump paid tribute to the 50th anniversary of earth day by proposing to scale of the enforcement of these same environmental protection laws during the Covid-19 pandemic, right when we are most in need of them, thus expanding the exposure of Covid-19 deaths onto United States. One obvious, constantly ignored fact is: Air quality can save lives.

Covid-19 attacks lungs, air pollution does too, its not a surprise that locations with poor air quality has tremendously higher Covid-19 cases than locations with relatively good air quality. Some researchers said “underscore the importance of continuing to enforce existing air pollution regulations to protect human health both during and after the COVID-19 crisis.” The only thing that is holding us back is that we are doing exactly the opposite of what we should be doing.

Covid-19 attacks lungs, air pollution does too, its not a that big of a shock that locations with poor air quality has tremendously higher Covid-19 cases than locations with relatively good air quality. Some researchers said “underscore the importance of continuing to enforce existing air pollution regulations to protect human health both during and after the COVID-19 crisis.” The only thing that is holding us back is that we are doing the exact opposite of what we should be doing.

Air pollution also causes lung and respiratory disease, cancer, diabetes and so on, killing millions of people around the world each year. Lombardy, Italy, has some of the worst air quality in Europe, and it now has the most cases and deaths of Covid-19 in Italy.

So we should try to sustain clean air in our homes, on the streets and even in factories! You might have already saved a life by trying to take fewer trips on a car! By changing a few bad habits we have in our lives, we can decrease the number of extreme weather events and stop natural disasters! Let's come to our senses and stop global warming!

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