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Report: Oil, gas operations in New Mexico, Colorado may worsen COVID-19

Santa Fe New Mexican

A physician-led nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., which examines potential health threats from climate change and environmental toxins, has raised concerns that emissions from oil and gas production could be causing more severe effects of COVID-19.

While Physicians for Social Responsibility was unable to say definitively that drilling operations were to blame for high numbers of COVID-19 in some oil-heavy counties in New Mexico and Colorado, the group sent a letter to newly elected President Joe Biden, asking his administration to prioritize further studies into the possible link between drilling-related air pollution and COVID-19 infection rates and outcomes.

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