Andrew Young School faculty and graduate students—Wes Austin, Stefano Carattini, John Gomez Mahecha and Michael Pesko—have released new research looking at COVID-19 and air pollution. The authors examine the relationship between contemporaneous fine particulate matter exposure and COVID-19 morbidity and mortality using an instrumental variable approach based on wind direction. Their results suggest that air pollution plays an important role in mediating the severity of respiratory syndromes such as COVID-19, for which progressive respiratory failure is the primary cause of death, and that policy levers to improve air quality may lead to improvements in COVID-19 outcomes.
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