Lockdown pollution reprieve for lung patients

(The Ecologist, 4 Jun 2020) British Lung Foundation (BLF) found that 16 percent of people suffering lung conditions had noticed an improvement in symptoms during lockdown.

A large number of patients with lung conditions have noticed improved symptoms as a result of a drop in air pollution during the Covid-19 crisis, a charity has said.

The British Lung Foundation (BLF) said that a survey of people with lung conditions found that 16 percent had noticed an improvement in symptoms.

Extrapolating the figures, the charity said that the drops in pollution levels could have contributed to better health for almost two million lung patients during lockdown.


Air pollution has been likened to worsening of symptoms for some lung patients, including those with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

As a result of stringent lockdown measures, road traffic use plummeted to its lowest levels in recent history.

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The Ecologist, 4 Jun 2020: Lockdown pollution reprieve for lung patients