Air quality in northern Italy may play a factor in the nation’s high Covid-19 death rate, says a researcher who has used satellite images to draw correlations between pollution and the coronavirus toll. Photo: AP Air quality in northern Italy may play a factor in the nation’s high Covid-19 death rate, says a researcher who has used satellite images to draw correlations between pollution and the coronavirus toll. Photo: AP
Air quality in northern Italy may play a factor in the nation’s high Covid-19 death rate, says a researcher who has used satellite images to draw correlations between pollution and the coronavirus toll. Photo: AP

Higher Covid-19 death toll in pollution hotspots points to environmental factor in pandemic, study finds

  • Almost 80 per cent of Europe’s deaths were in regions with highest nitrogen dioxide concentration and poor airflow
  • Satellite images helped track correlation between air quality and mortality

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
Air quality in northern Italy may play a factor in the nation’s high Covid-19 death rate, says a researcher who has used satellite images to draw correlations between pollution and the coronavirus toll. Photo: AP Air quality in northern Italy may play a factor in the nation’s high Covid-19 death rate, says a researcher who has used satellite images to draw correlations between pollution and the coronavirus toll. Photo: AP
Air quality in northern Italy may play a factor in the nation’s high Covid-19 death rate, says a researcher who has used satellite images to draw correlations between pollution and the coronavirus toll. Photo: AP
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