Cleaner air during UK lockdown relieves asthma for millions | Environment


According to the British Lung Foundation, two million people in the UK with respiratory conditions such as asthma experienced a reduction in symptoms when the coronavirus was shut down.

A charity survey of 14,000 people with lung disease found that one in six had noticed an improvement in their health. The figure for children was higher, with one in five parents reporting that their child’s condition had improved. People with asthma in particular have reported benefits, with one in four reporting relief.

There is a well-established link between air pollution and lung disease. Of the 12 million people in the UK living with conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, around 8 million have been diagnosed with asthma, of which 5.4 million are receiving treatment.

The number of visits to hospital emergency departments for asthma in England also halved during the lockout, according to data from Public Health England. But it is not known to what extent this decrease is due to a reduction in symptoms or the reluctance of people to go to the hospital during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Zak Bond of the British Lung Foundation said: “Now, more than ever before, we have all realized the importance of taking care of our lungs, and the government has a duty to ensure that the country is back from Covid -19, we can continue to reduce air pollution levels and continue to lower them. “

There is mounting evidence worldwide that links the increase in Covid-19 infections and deaths to exposure to air pollution. A multi-stakeholder group of deputies said on Friday that air pollution should be kept low to avoid a second spike in infections.


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