Environmental Health: Air Pollution, COVID-19 & Health Disparities
Clear skies over many of the world’s largest cities became a visible mark of the COVID-19 pandemic as stay at home orders went into place. This has been a stark contrast when considering outdoor air pollution was killing around 4.2 million people worldwide each year. Researchers in the US have suggested air pollution has significantly worsened the COVID-19 pandemic and potentially led to more deaths than if pollution-free skies were the norm. This webinar will explore how different neighborhoods in the same city can have vastly different air quality and what that means for their residents’ short- and long-term health outcomes.
Speakers will discuss:
- What contributes to air pollution and how environmental injustice has been highlighted during COVID-19
- How neighborhoods experiencing environmental injustice face poorer air quality and extreme heat while also bearing the brunt of this pandemic
- What one health plan foundation is doing to improve air quality and combat asthma in the communities they serve