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Cleaner air in Europe during lockdown led to 11,000 fewer deaths.

The study published by CREA supports the claim that cleaner air during lockdown led to 11,000 fewer deaths in Europe.

The study published by CREA supports the claim that cleaner air during lockdown led to 11,000 fewer deaths in Europe.The Centre for Research on Energy and Clear Air (CREA) in its study report said that the lockdown measures to combat the coronavirus led to a 40% reduction in the average level of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution and particulate matter pollution over the past 30 days of the coronavirus lockdown. CREA's assessment of the links between COVID-19 and air pollution found that Air pollution exposure is a key risk factor which could have caused severe illness and even death among Covid patients. They estimated the number of avoided pollution deaths in Europe was 11,000 based on a calculation that combined data for air quality, emissions, population and disease prevalence.

The Guardian quoted Dr LJ Smith, Consultant- Respiratory Medicine who said that he had seen many fewer patients admitted with breathing problems since last month and that a fall in air pollution was part of the reason.

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19 including symptoms, prevention and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.

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