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Pulmonary Health, ARDS, COVID-19 and Air Pollution: Connecting the Science
Join us on September 29, 2020, at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 7pm Central Europe to learn about the latest science on pulmonary health, ARDS, COVID-19 and air pollution.

There is substantial scientific evidence linking many respiratory conditions to chronic and acute exposures to air pollution. During this webinar, authors of recent publications, Drs. Balmes, Rhee, and Wu, will present their research looking at the relationship between air pollution and respiratory conditions including ARDS and COVID-19. Dr. Balmes will discuss how air pollution affects health and provide an overview of the public health impacts of three of the most important pollutants. He will present findings from the first studies that showed an association between exposure to ozone or fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and ARDS, a type of acute lung injury that causes some people with COVID-19 to develop severe hypoxemia. Dr. Balmes will also review the emerging literature on the association between exposure to air pollution and COVID-19.

Dr. Rhee will then present findings from her study examining data from nearly 30 million Medicare beneficiaries per year discharged from American hospitals from 2000-2012. She found that long-term exposures to PM2.5 and ozone were associated with increased risk of ARDS among older adults in the United States, including exposures below current annual US NAAQS. Dr. Rhee will conclude with a discussion of the current evidence linking air pollution and ARDS.

Finally, Dr. Wu will present his recent study leveraging 16 years of data—68.5 million Medicare enrollees, in which investigators provided strong evidence of the causal link between long-term air pollution exposure and mortality. Dr. Wu will discuss one of the first preliminary investigations of the relationship between air pollution and COVID-19 related mortality in the US.

For full details, visit https://www.healthandenvironment.org and select this webinar at the bottom of the homepage.

Sep 29, 2020 10:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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