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Rethinking Air Quality and Climate Change after COVID-19

by 1,* and 1,2
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Meteorological Research Institute, 1-1 Nagamine, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0052, Japan
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Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba, 1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8572, Japan
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(14), 5167; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17145167
Received: 24 June 2020 / Revised: 10 July 2020 / Accepted: 14 July 2020 / Published: 17 July 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Environmental Health)
The world is currently shadowed by the pandemic of COVID-19. Confirmed cases and the death toll has reached more than 12 million and more than 550,000 respectively as of 10 July 2020. In the unsettling pandemic of COVID-19, the whole Earth has been on an unprecedented lockdown. Social distancing among people, interrupted international and domestic air traffic and suspended industrial productions and economic activities have various far-reaching and undetermined implications on air quality and the climate system. Improvement in air quality has been reported in many cities during lockdown, while the death rate of COVID-19 has been found to be higher in more polluted cities. The relationship between the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and air quality is under investigation. In addition, the battle against COVID-19 could bring short-lived and long-lasting and positive and negative impacts to the warming climate. The impacts on the climate system and the role of the climate in modulating the COVID-19 pandemic are the foci of scientific inquiry. The intertwined relationship among environment, climate change and public health is exemplified in the pandemic of COVID-19. Further investigation of the relationship is imperative in the Anthropocene, in particular, in enhancing disaster preparedness. This short article intends to give an up-to-date glimpse of the pandemic from air quality and climate perspectives and calls for a follow-up discussion. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; airborne transmission; climate change; air quality; environmental public health; the Anthropocene COVID-19; airborne transmission; climate change; air quality; environmental public health; the Anthropocene
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Ching, J.; Kajino, M. Rethinking Air Quality and Climate Change after COVID-19. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 5167. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17145167

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Ching J, Kajino M. Rethinking Air Quality and Climate Change after COVID-19. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(14):5167. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17145167

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Ching, Joseph, and Mizuo Kajino. 2020. "Rethinking Air Quality and Climate Change after COVID-19" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 14: 5167. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17145167

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