Summary: By the end of 2021, COVID-19 has caused over 51 million infections and 805,000 deaths in the US. Pre-existing lung disease, such as COPD, has been linked to more severe COVID-19 symptoms and poor outcomes. Prior research has shown that agricultural workers, especially those working in livestock production, have an increased risk for inflammatory lung disease because of exposure to inhaled organic dust. In this webinar presentation, Dr. Wyatt will share his research on swine production workers and explore their risk for COVID-19 infection and severe disease due to existing dust-induced lung inflammation.
Intended Audience: ag health and safety professionals, rural healthcare providers, doctors, nurses, ag producers, and others working in livestock production
Learning Objectives: At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to…
1. Explore the pathogenesis of SARS-CoV-2 infection
2. Connect how lung inflammation impacts the severity of COVID-19
3. Describe how the exposome alters lung innate defense against viruses