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Air Pollution

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Lax federal enforcement of air quality standards linked to poorer health across America

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Spikes in pollution caused by a federal relaxation of air quality standards in March led to increases in Covid-19 deaths in the most industrialized areas of the United States, new research suggests. Meanwhile, several other recent studies reveal that people who live in the most polluted areas are more likely to be infected by Covid-19 when exposed to the coronavirus, and then are more likely to suffer severe symptoms and die from the disease.

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