Many diseases linked to PM2.5‘AIR POLLUTION SEASON’: The EPA said air pollution this spring has not been as bad as in previous years, due to closed factories in China as a result of COVID-19By Lo Chi / Staff reporterMany diseases have been linked to air pollution consisting of fine particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5) and people should protect themselves, a doctor said yesterday. The problem of air pollution cannot be solved by any single agency or group, he said. Drawing attention to the risks posed by PM2.5, Chiang said that small particulate matter damages pulmonary membranes, just as a coronavirus attacks lung tissue. Particles of PM2.5 can dissolve into pulmonary alveolus and even blood vessels, causing infection in all of a person’s vessels, he said. In addition to pulmonary diseases, PM2.5 has been linked to numerous diseases throughout the human body, Chiang said.
Source: Taipei Times March 07, 2020 15:56 UTC