Could bad air worsen coronavirus crisis

SEOUL — As fine dust returns with the arrival of colder weather, attention is paid to the possible correlation between air pollution and the severity of the novel coronavirus outbreak.
While there is no concrete evidence, experts say long-term exposure to airborne pollutants is likely to increase the risk of dying from COVID-19, as they both affect the respiratory system. Some even suggest bad air could have an impact on the infection rate as well.
“There are a lot of possibilities, as they both damage people’s respiratory systems,” said Dr. Chun Eun-mi, a lung specialist at Ewha Womans University Medical Center.
“People could suffer greater damage to their respiratory systems whe…

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