Covid-19 and air pollution – fine dust could be a silent helper of the virus
Where does this deviation come from and what can we derive from it?
On the one hand, it must be assumed that the population groups living there already exhibit greater fragility and pathology of the respiratory and cardiovascular system due to the regular exceedance of the particulate matter limits. In other words, they belong to the high-risk group, so to speak. Lombardy is the Italian region that suffers most from air pollution.
Secondly, the Italian team claims that particulate matter is an “effective vector for the transport, spread and proliferation of viral infections”. They assume that viruses can adhere to smog particles and especially fine dust particles and thus remain in the air for several days and can travel over longer distances.
As early as 2018, a team in Spain was able to prove that viruses, just like bacteria, can adhere to dust particles, especially desert sand or organic particles from sea haze, and can be carried up to tropospheric levels.
What does this mean for ATMOS Aerosol Research?
The technology of ATMOS Aerosol Research allows to access satellite data of the last 20 years and thus to derive trends about the dispersion of particles in the air for future events.