COVID-19 AND POLLUTION
According to a study published on Environmental Pollution there is a correlation between pollution and Covid-19 mortality rate.
Numerous studies conducted in different part of the world (Italian universities included) agree that Covid-19 effects are more lethal in the geographical areas featuring high polluting levels. As a result, highest mortality rates have been concentrated in Pianura Padana, which is one of the most polluted areas in Europe. Even more than Wuhan in China, where the virus originated.
Therefore, high mortality rates are registered in the biggest cities of the world such as Madrid in Spain or New York because people living in polluting areas already have respiratory system diseases.
A study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health conducted by the Italian Francesca Dominici confirmed the above-mentioned thesis. «Someone who lives for decades in a country with high levels of fine particulate pollution is 15% more likely to die from COVID-19 than someone who lives in a region that has just one unit (one microgram per cubic meter) less of such pollution.».
These studies are very useful to understand how the virus spread, to make us react with prompt healthcare solutions (e.g. needed bed numbers in intensive therapies). The studies also help us to better manage the “phase two” when it could be essential the small dust monitoring in addition to physical distancing.
Hence we have developed an optical sensor called PMX Blebrick, which can monitor the small dust concentration with an indication of particle concentration (PM2.5 and PM10). It is able to detent smoke indoor or outdoor, for instance.
It can be used for following applications:
- HVAC refrigeration
- Air quality monitoring in the cities
- Small dust monitoring in hotels and private houses
- Fire prevention
The PMX Blebrick can be immediately integrated with other sensors. Therefore it can be used to develop an environment monitoring station.
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