A recent study led by UCLA COEH faculty, Drs. Michael Jerrett and Yifang Zhu, and COEH student awardee, Jonah Lipsitt, was published in Environment International. The study found that environmental factors such as air pollution may contribute to COVID-19 incidence and death. The team studied COVID-19 incidence and mortality in Los Angeles and found that chronic exposure to nitrogen dioxide exerts large effects on COVID-19 disease incidence and mortality. Neighborhoods with worse air quality also had the highest concentrations of Black and Latinx people, suggesting that environmental factors may have contributed to higher disease and mortality incidence among these populations.
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