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Novel Coronavirus: How Atmospheric Particulate Affects Our Environment and Health

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Department of Biology, University of Pisa, 56126 Pisa, Italy
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Freelance Management Engineer, 56121 Pisa, Italy
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Challenges 2020, 11(1), 6; https://doi.org/10.3390/challe11010006
Received: 7 April 2020 / Revised: 26 April 2020 / Accepted: 27 April 2020 / Published: 29 April 2020
It is well-known that atmospheric pollution, first and foremost the particulate matter (PM), causes serious diseases in humans. China’s metropolises and Italy’s Po Valley have in fact achieved a concerning degree of notoriety thanks to runaway air pollution problems. The spread of viral respiratory diseases is facilitated in polluted environments, an example of which is the respiratory syncytial virus bronchiolitis. In this opinion paper, we consider the possible relationship between air pollution, primarily airborne PM10–2.5, and the spread of the novel coronavirus in Northern Italy. If it is true that the novel coronavirus remains active from some hours to several days on various surfaces, it is logical to postulate that the same can occur when it is adsorbed or absorbed by the atmospheric particulate matter, which may also help carry the virus into the human respiratory system. As the Earth presents us with a very high bill to pay, governments and other authorities need to take prompt action to counter excessive pollution levels, both in Italy and in other countries. View Full-Text
Keywords: atmospheric pollution; coronavirus; COVID-19; particulate matter; respiratory diseases atmospheric pollution; coronavirus; COVID-19; particulate matter; respiratory diseases
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Sanità di Toppi, L.; Sanità di Toppi, L.; Bellini, E. Novel Coronavirus: How Atmospheric Particulate Affects Our Environment and Health. Challenges 2020, 11, 6. https://doi.org/10.3390/challe11010006

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Sanità di Toppi L, Sanità di Toppi L, Bellini E. Novel Coronavirus: How Atmospheric Particulate Affects Our Environment and Health. Challenges. 2020; 11(1):6. https://doi.org/10.3390/challe11010006

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Sanità di Toppi, Luigi; Sanità di Toppi, Lorenzo; Bellini, Erika. 2020. "Novel Coronavirus: How Atmospheric Particulate Affects Our Environment and Health" Challenges 11, no. 1: 6. https://doi.org/10.3390/challe11010006

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