Q&A: A Harvard Expert on Environment and Health Discusses Possible Ties Between COVID and Climate

Neela Banerjee Inside Climate News, March 24, 2020

March 24, 2020 –  Doctors and public health researchers are getting an increasingly accurate and nuanced picture of the many ways climate change damages human health.

Now, questions have arisen about whether climate change contributed to the outbreak of COVID-19, whose spread the World Health Organization declared a pandemic on Wednesday. For example, did habitat loss, driven in part by climate change, make it easier for pathogens to spread among wildlife and for the virus to jump to humans? Does air pollution, mainly from the burning of fossil fuels, make some people more vulnerable to contracting the illness?


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