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The environmental impact of SARS-CoV-2: an assessment of the health risks of air pollution during the pandemic

Version 1 : Received: 3 May 2021 / Approved: 6 May 2021 / Online: 6 May 2021 (15:16:12 CEST)

How to cite: Corral, S.; Hernández Hernández, J.; Rivero Ceballos, J.L. The environmental impact of SARS-CoV-2: an assessment of the health risks of air pollution during the pandemic. Preprints 2021, 2021050104 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202105.0104.v1). Corral, S.; Hernández Hernández, J.; Rivero Ceballos, J.L. The environmental impact of SARS-CoV-2: an assessment of the health risks of air pollution during the pandemic. Preprints 2021, 2021050104 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202105.0104.v1).

Abstract

This article analyses the environmental impact of the measures imposed during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. We compare the evolution of atmospheric pollution levels in recent years and during lockdown, and assess the effects of the decrease in mobility and changes in patterns and lifestyles during the latter period. Thus, the reduction in the risk to human health brought about by the improvement of air quality during the months of confinement through the use of dose-response functions is estimated. The focus of the case study is the island of Tenerife. The island of Tenerife has been selected because it can serve as an example for other sites in Europe. We distinguish between the three areas with the highest population concentrations: the Metropolitan, Southern, and Northern areas. The impacts of air pollution and its relationship with changes in consumption and activity patterns are clearly distinguishable. Therefore, the lessons learned can be easily extrapolated to other areas, in both island and mainland contexts.

Subject Areas

Environmental impact; atmospheric pollution; lifestyle changes; health effects; SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

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