Posted September 10, 2018 07:11:33It’s been a rough week for America’s air quality.
A new study finds that air quality levels are significantly higher in the U.S. than they were in the summer of 2019.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 10 million Americans were diagnosed with air pollution-related illness on Thursday, marking a 30% increase in the number of people hospitalized and the highest number of cases since December, 2018.
While the study didn’t include the most polluted areas, the average concentration of PM2.5 particles—which are small particles larger than 2.5 microns—was nearly three times higher in many parts of the country, including the Northeast, South, West, and Midwest.
A study published in the journal Science shows that the U, S., and P.E.U. were among the worst regions for air quality over the last two decades.
Researchers at the University of Michigan analyzed data from the National Ambient Air Quality Inventory from 2006 to 2021.
The study found that U. S. residents spent nearly 50% more time outdoors and were nearly three-and-a-half times more likely to be diagnosed with asthma than people living in other parts of Europe.
Researchers also found that air pollution is tied to an increased risk of heart attacks, stroke, and cancer, as well as a decrease in quality of life and reduced productivity.
“This study indicates that air-quality problems in the United States are becoming more acute and severe,” study author Dr. James R. Stuckey, a research associate in the University’s Department of Preventive Medicine, said in a statement.
“The severity of the problem is increasing.
We cannot afford to continue to put people at risk for long-term health.”