The number of people who are sickened by the cold temperatures and air pollution in the UK is increasing.
As we are now well into the coldest month in decades, people are suffering with increased respiratory illness, increased allergies and asthma.
A new report has revealed that the UK has become a hot climate, and this could mean people will need to be more cautious when they travel.
A hot, damp environment has led to the development of a number of new cold-related illnesses.
New cold-associated respiratory illness is the result of exposure to hot and humid conditions Source: World Health Organisation (WHO) article The new report by the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations and the World Trade Organisation (WTO) looked at the impact of climate change on people’s health, and found that the cold-climate environment was leading to increased infections and allergies, with the cold air exacerbating respiratory problems such as colds.
The report found that in areas where people are living in areas with high temperatures and high humidity, such as cities, there is a 10 per cent rise in the risk of developing a cold-airway infection.
It said this rises to 40 per cent in the colder and drier areas, which includes parts of the UK.
The WHO said this could be linked to the “widespread use of outdoor hot water systems”, which are often used in the summertime and are often the main means of getting a drink.
The report also found that people living in regions with high levels of humidity are less likely to have asthma.
The researchers looked at data from the Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD2) that followed over 3.3 million people from 1991 to 2014.
This study looked at people’s air quality in a range of environments, and compared the levels of pollution that people experienced with air quality data from other regions.
The report found the UK had the highest levels of ozone and particulate matter (PM2.5) in Europe, but was lowest in Africa and Asia.
It found that “the cold-season temperature in the United Kingdom in 2016 was 14.5 degrees Celsius (50.8 degrees Fahrenheit), compared to 20.7 degrees Celsius (-7.8 Fahrenheit) in the neighbouring countries of Great Britain, Sweden, Finland and Denmark.
People living in colder areas also experienced higher levels of PM2.0 (small particles larger than 2.5 micrometers), which is linked to asthma and other air pollution.
The study found that these particulate levels rose by 20 per cent compared to areas where air quality was relatively more stable.
A warmer climate means a warmer air quality Source: UNICEF (UNICEF)The WHO’s report said there was a “huge” risk of people developing asthma, allergies and other conditions due to the cold weather and high levels the PM2-PM10 levels.
According to the study, these levels of air pollution are linked to “severe and chronic” asthma, with those who live in areas of high PM2 PM10 levels experiencing a 20 per a 1,000 increase in the likelihood of developing the condition.
The UK’s PM2PM10 average is now around 4.2, compared to 2.6 in Denmark and 2.7 in Sweden.
In the UK, the PM10 figure is around 3,200, while the average PM2PPM10 is around 2,400.
Researchers said that the increase in PM2 and PM10 pollution could be attributed to the increased use of indoor and outdoor hot and cool water systems, which can exacerbate the problems.
The research also found the increased pollution levels could be responsible for people being sicker, with some people having to be airlifted out of their homes due to worsening conditions.
These findings could mean that people could become more cautious about when they visit the UK and other parts of Europe, according to the researchers.
The findings have been published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.
The BBC understands that the researchers are currently analysing the data from GBD2 to look at where and how people are affected.