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Air pollution is more lethal than COVID-19

23 December 2021

On 30 January 2020 COVID-19 was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) by WHO with an official death toll of 171. By 31 December 2020, this figure stood at 1 813 188.

Ambient (outdoor air pollution) in both cities and rural areas was estimated to cause 4.2 million premature deaths worldwide in 2016.

In addition, 3.8 million people are calculated to die from indoor air pollution.

Many of the patients that have been registered as deceased in COVID-19 during the last years have probably died from the effects of air pollution – but tested positive for SARS-CoV-2.