Recent studies carried out in collaboration by Arpae , the University of Bologna and Public Health England (Center for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards) in Italy have shown a correlation between the pollution caused by high concentrations of fine dust in the air and Covid-19 disease .
The result was two recent articles published in the Swiss journal Frontiers in Genetics and in the Italian one “Epistemology & Prevention” which in fact gave rise to an important scientific contribution in the discussion on the incidence of air quality on the disease caused by the SARS virus. Cov-2.
Both publications describe the results and analysis of in vitro studies that demonstrate how human cells respond to exposure to atmospheric particulate matter at the molecular level. With these studies it was possible to hypothesise that high levels of PM in the air may contribute to the worsening of the clinical conditions of people who, already infected with Sars-Cov-2 (and more generally with respiratory viruses), are however at the same time compromised from previous pathologies.
So air pollution, and from PM in particular, is not proven to be a direct vehicle that facilitates contact with the virus, but rather it is to be considered an additional risk factor, like diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and obesity for example. , which can increase susceptibility to infection or aggravate human coronavirus symptoms.
How to manage the situation in large urban centres
Protecting oneself, especially in closed spaces where most of the pollutants are concentrated, causing phenomena such as the sick building syndrome, the formation of mould or the proliferation of substances harmful to the immune system, is one of the solutions to combat the difficult situation. that we are experiencing.
The medium and long-term policies and interventions aimed at reducing the levels of fine particles in the air are fundamental, but solutions within everyone’s reach are not easy to find. Yet, as often happens, technology comes to our rescue.
Airlite: the anti-pollution paint
Airlite is an innovative paint that purifies and frees the air from pollutants up to 88% (in particular NOx, car exhaust gases) and from pathogens such as bacteria and viruses up to 99% .
With a guaranteed efficacy of 10 years, Airlite is certified and multi-awarded internationally and has been included by the UN among the four main technologies capable of purifying the air we breathe.