In the category of unintended coronavirus consequences, public health data suggest that by dramatically reducing air pollution, COVID-19 may have, thus far at least, saved more lives than it has taken. According to this article from ScienceAlert, "[T]he number of deaths and the loss in life expectancy from air pollution rival the effect of tobacco smoking and are much higher than other causes of death." Stanford environmental economist Marshall Burke recently estimated that two months of reduced air pollution in China "has probably saved the lives of 4,000 children under 5 and 73,000 adults over 70 in China. That's significantly more than the current global death toll from the virus itself." This should spark serious conversation about pollution reduction efforts going forward. www.sciencealert.com/here-s-what-covid-19-is-doing-to-our-pollution-levels
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