What If We Responded to Air Pollution Like The Coronavirus?

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2020-06-26 16:49:15

The impact of the Coronavirus has been felt across every single country in the world. As of June 25th, there have been over 9 million cases of the virus – almost half a million of those that caught it have died – with the number of those having the virus still going up. We seem to be getting closer and closer to the peak of the pandemic, but there are countries that are still seeing a rise in cases and some countries seeing another spike or outbreak.

The UK has had just over 300,000 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus and a confirmed 43,230 deaths (although both numbers could be much higher). The government response has been condemned for not being quick enough or not showing enough leadership through a crisis that has seen the UK be one of the worst affected in the world. Even as lockdown restrictions are eased there are fears that there could be further outbreaks.

One side effect of the lockdown, here in the UK and around the world, is the improvement in air quality. Measurements taken from streets in major cities and urban areas have recorded drops in air pollution by as much as half or two-thirds and potentially even reduced the number of deaths from air pollution by around 3,500.

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