Impact of climate and public health interventions on the COVID-19 pandemic

Bottom Line: Epidemic growth is associated with humidity and the degree of public health measures including social distancing, school closures, and restrictions on mass gatherings. Reference: Jüni, P. et al. Impact of climate and public health interventions on the COVID-19 pandemic: A prospective cohort study. CMAJ (2020). https://doi.org/10.1503/cmaj.200920 Date Published: 25 May 2020 Synopsis: The decline … Continue reading Impact of climate and public health interventions on the COVID-19 pandemic

The effect of COVID-19 on air pollution

NASA Bottom Line: Early data demonstrates a marked reduction in air pollution, specifically NO2 and CO2, both produced by burning fossil fuels. It is estimated that even if the observed figures were underestimated, there would be at minimum a 6% reduction in pollution related illness over two months, preventing the death of roughly 100,000 pollution-related … Continue reading The effect of COVID-19 on air pollution

What is the impact of COVID-19 on global air and water quality?

Bottom Line: The reduction of economic and leisure activities resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic has improved global air and water quality, but has also increased the production of medical wastes. Reference: Saadat, S. et al. Environmental perspective of COVID-19. Science of The Total Environment (2020). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.138870 Date Published: 22 April 2020 Synopsis: As a result of … Continue reading What is the impact of COVID-19 on global air and water quality?

Climate Variability and COVID-19

Bottom Line: The current study estimates an approximate 60-70% reduction in the transmission of COVID-19 during the summer months due to lower spread in warmer weather. These estimations are rough as spread relies heavily on other factors such as population density, the effectiveness of preventative measures, and climate conditions.  Reference: Spiridonov, V. et al. Climate … Continue reading Climate Variability and COVID-19