Coronavirus: Air Pollution

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 3rd August 2020.

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Photo of Geraint Davies Geraint Davies Labour, Swansea West

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the effect of air pollution caused by fireworks and bonfires on the spread of covid-19.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Public Health England has made no assessment of the effect of air pollution caused by fireworks and bonfires on the spread of COVID-19.

Older people, individuals with existing cardio-respiratory diseases and pregnant women who are most susceptible to air pollution are also at an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19. There is no clear evidence yet to suggest that air pollution has a direct link to the spread or severity of COVID-19. If individuals are directly affected by smoke, they should avoid the area. If there is visible smoke they are advised to stay indoors and keep their doors and windows closed.

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