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One Planet: Harvard Study Links Air Pollution To Higher Covid-19 Death Rates

AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin
The downtown Phoenix skyline is easier to see, Tuesday, April 7, 2020, as fewer motorists in Arizona are driving, following the state stay-at-home order due to the coronavirus.

On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet series, we're discussing the long-term impacts of air pollution on exposed populations. According to a new Harvard study, people with COVID-19 who live in regions with high levels of air pollution are more likely to die from the disease.

Who’s most affected and what will it take to reduce air pollution once we get through this?


Beth Gardiner, journalist and author of Choked: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution


Mustafa Santiago Ali, senior vice president for environmental justice at the National Wildlife Federation and a member of the Environmental Protection Network

Web Resources:


The National Geographic, Beth Gardiner: Pollution made COVID-19 worse. Now, lockdowns are clearing the air.

Granta, Beth Gardiner: The Lessons We Choose

US News, Mustafa Santiago Ali: It’s Time to Sound the Alarm for Communities Most Vulnerable to the Coronavirus

The Guardian, Mustafa Santiago Ali: 'Wash your hands' is tough advice for Americans without soap or water

ABC, Elizabeth Thomas, Dr. Nancy A. Anoruo: Coronavirus is disproportionately killing the black community. Here's what experts say can be done about it


Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.