Another Study Shows: Air Pollution Hurts Us — A Lot

Another scientific article is out on the health effects of air pollution, and this one exposes both the long and the short of it. The comprehensive study proves what numerous other studies and common sense told us: air pollution hurts us.

Yaguang Wei, a doctoral candidate at Harvard Chan School of Public Health and lead author of the study, and his associates had their work published online November 27, 2019, in the journal BMJ. It shows short-term exposure to air pollution is linked to new causes of hospital admissions and substantial economic costs.

“Hospitalizations for several common diseases—including septicemia (serious bloodstream infection), fluid and electrolyte disorders, renal failure, urinary tract infections, and skin and tissue infections—have been linked for the first time with short-term exposure to fine particulate air pollution (PM2.5).”

“The study shows that the health dangers and economic impacts of air pollution are significantly larger than previously understood,” said Yaguang Wei. It’s discouraging to hear because children absorb more air pollution than adults.

“Fine particulate air pollution is composed of tiny solids and liquids floating in the air that come from sources such as motor vehicles, coal-fired power plants, and wildfires.

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