May is Clean Air Month & clean air is essential for healthy lungs.  The American Lung Association works to ensure that the air we breathe is clean and safe from harmful pollution. Normally we celebrate clean air month by riding our bicycle to work or maybe walking instead of taking a Taxi, but this year I found this to be particularly interesting since we have all been quarantined for weeks and are experiencing cleaner air than we have seen in decades.  “People in Punjab, India say they can see the snow peaks of the Himalayas, a view that for decades has been blocked by air pollution.”  according to CNBC.

However, in regard to air pollutants and the coronavirus, there are negative effects of long-term exposure. According to experts’ people who have lived for decades in a place with high levels of fine particulate pollution are 15% more likely to die from Covid-19.  Plus many experts warn that if we go back to life as normal so will the air pollution levels.  Studies such as this shows why we need to take the air quality as a very serious concern when we get back to normal life.

For more information on air quality please visit the following sites:

https://www.lung.org/clean-air

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tamarathiessen/2020/04/10/how-clean-air-cities-could-outlast-covid-19-lockdowns/#6674144f6bb5

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/23/coronavirus-photos-show-effect-of-air-pollution-drops-from-global-lockdown.html