PETALING JAYA: More must be done to protect global health by battling the threat of air pollution – as a new study emerges linking long-term exposure to air pollution with increased Covid-19 risks, say health experts. “Air pollution is the largest environmental cause of disease and early death in the world. Moy said that air pollution affects people over their lifespan, causing a wide range of acute and chronic diseases from childhood to old age. This includes the poor air quality, unhygienic food, unsafe drinking water, poor sanitation and unkempt housekeeping, he said. “Air pollution also destroys defense cells called macrophages at the alveoli, which are important to engulf and kill any foreign bodies – including the Covid-19 virus,” he said.
Source: The Star November 22, 2023 11:29 UTC