Special Issue "Air Pollution & COVID-19 Outbreak"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Global Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2020) | Viewed by 102520
Interests: environmental medicine;epidemiology; preventive medicine; indoor pollution; asbestos-related diseases; radon;
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It is noteworthy that environmental pollution may affect several human organs and systems. Some evidence have been published about the survival in the aerosol of Sars-CoV-2, the virus causing the COVID-19 outbreak. It has also been hypothesized that exposure to fine particulate concentrations can in some way influence the progression of the epidemics, possibly due to underlying weakness of the immune system in people (especially in the elderly) constantly exposed to high levels of PM10, PM2.5, PM1 and ultrafine particulate. By looking at the fast and dramatic outbreak observed in Northern Italy with very high mortality rates, the Italian Society of Environmental Medicine (SIMA) has been the first scientific society to publish a position paper questioning if particulate matter can be considered as an indicator of COVID-19 diffusion and, most importantly, of its health outcomes. More recently, a study from Harvard University has directly related the increase of PM 2.5 particulate to mortality rates due to COVID-19.
By proposing this special issue, we are underlying the need for further scientific evaluations and studies concerning the association between air pollution and COVID-19, with the aim of contributing to produce evidence on this topic. Observational studies as well as position papers, and articles addressing the patho- physiological mechanism underlying the association between air pollution and health outcomes of COVID-19 epidemics are welcome. Epidemiological surveys, systematic reviews, meta-analyses, original research articles (even from biologists and molecular biologists or biochemicals), short articles or commentaries are solicited and expected to add relevant information to the current knowledge.
Dr. Alessandro Miani
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- Air Pollution
- Fine Particulate