Excess of COVID-19 Cases and Deaths Due to Fine Particulate Matter Exposure During the 2020 Wildfires in the United States
This article analyzes data on PM2.5, the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths, and other confounders for 92 western U.S. counties affected by 2020 wildfires. It includes estimates of the association between short-term exposure to PM2.5 and the epidemiological dynamics of COVID-19 cases and deaths. This resource includes:
- Definition of wildfire
- Attribution of increase in particulate matter
Recommended for air quality specialists to understand how particulate matter from wildfires can influence COVID-19 or exacerbate the health impacts during a wildfire event.