Ambient particulate matter pollution and adult hospital admissions for pneumonia in urban China: A national time series analysis for 2014 through 2017
by Yaohua Tian, Hui Liu, Yiqun Wu, Yaqin Si, Man Li, Yao Wu, Xiaowen Wang, Mengying Wang, Libo Chen, Chen Wei, Tao Wu, Pei Gao, Yonghua Hu | PLOS Published: December 31, 2019
. . . More than 4.2 million pneumonia admissions were identified in 184 Chinese cities during the study period. Short-term elevations in PM [particulate matter] concentrations were associated with increased pneumonia admissions . . .
Our findings suggest that there are significant short-term associations between ambient PM levels and increased hospital admissions for pneumonia in Chinese adults. . . .
Yale Environment 360
How a ‘Toxic Cocktail’ Is Posing a Troubling Health Risk in China’s Cities By Fred Pearce | April 17, 2018
A recent study in Chinese cities found a potential link between a hazardous mix of air pollutants and death rates. . . .
‘Polluted air’ could be an important cause of Wuhan pneumonia Capital Cambodia / Khmer Times | February 7, 2020
According to data released by the Wuhan Bureau of Ecology and Environment, the moment when a large number of pneumonia cases emerged in Wuhan was during the period from Jan 19, 2020, to Jan 23, 2020, and the Wuhan air during this period was at the stage of serious pollution. The indices are all higher than 100. . . .
. . . air pollution in Wuhan has obviously played a very important role in promoting the occurrence of respiratory diseases such as Wuhan pneumonia. The particulate matter became the carrier of the virus, and eventually developed into an urban tragedy. Particles may not only lead to terminal illness such as cancer, but also contain micro-organisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi that can cause the epidemic of respiratory infectious diseases, including Wuhan flu. . . .
In any case, that’s the opinion of Khmer Times. They say their assessment is “highly likely.” I don’t know, but it gives readers an idea of different factors to consider as to what was making people sick.
The same newspaper condemns “populism” as “authoritarian” but doesn’t consider technocratic pronouncements by supposed experts as authoritarian, actually citing how politicians bowed to pronouncements from Imperial College in the UK–as if that was a good thing–as if they weren’t completely in outer space with their inflated predictions (this time and about other diseases in the past).
We are dealing with a power agenda which is constantly using “emotional appeal.” That’s all the current COVID-19 gang does!