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Rolling back environmental protections will worsen COVID-19 pandemic

Janis Petzel, MD, PSR Climate Ambassador | Bangor Daily News

Here we are in the middle of the worst public health crisis in our lifetimes, and what does the Trump administration do? It cuts back on mileage standards for passenger vehicles. What appalling, tragic timing….Air pollutants from internal combustion engines increase the risk for asthma, respiratory, and cardiovascular disease, and greatly increase the risk for dying of COVID-19. A new study from Harvard researchers shows that even a tiny increase in small particulate matter called PM2.5 increases COVID-19 deaths 20 times higher than baseline.

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