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Clear skies, clear lungs: Asthma emergencies dropped as air quality improved during lockdown

09-Feb-2024

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Asthma emergency admissions dropped by 41% in 2020 due to reduced traffic-related air pollution during Covid lockdowns.

“The Covid-19 pandemic led to study the impacts of rapid changes in human activities on air quality," - Suzanne Bartington, lead author.

Previous national studies also showed reduced asthma exacerbations during lockdowns.

Oxford study is the first to directly link air pollution decrease with asthma admissions.

Peaks in asthma admissions correlated with air pollution peaks in 2015 and 2019.

Similar patterns found in separate analysis from Dublin, Cork, and Meath in Ireland.

Asthmatics' experiences during lockdown suggest overall improvement in everyday symptoms with reduced air pollution.

Study by University of Birmingham, published in BMJ Open.

Insights from Oxford study calls for continued action to improve air quality everywhere

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BMJ Open

Online, open access journal, dedicated to publishing medical research from all disciplines and therapeutic areas

Suzanne Bartington

Clinical Associate Professor in Environmental Health at University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

Public research university located in Edgbaston, United Kingdom

Clear skies, clear lungs: Asthma emergencies dropped as air quality improved during lockdown