Pollution killed more people in 2019 than COVID in two years

Pollution killed more people in 2019 than COVID in two years

On the other hand, since the beginning of the pandemic and until the last cut of the Ministry of Health (May 16, 2022) there have been 6 million 266,324 deaths from COVID globally, that is, all of these are equal to 69.63% of deaths due to pollution in 2019 alone.

The impact of pollution is greater for people in extreme poverty or in a vulnerable situation.

“The health impact of pollution continues to be enormous, with low- and middle-income countries bearing the brunt,” Richard Fuller, president of the environmental organization Pure Earth and head of research commissioned by The Lancet.

About 75% of deaths caused directly by pollution are due to air pollution, while more than 1.8 million are caused by other types of chemical pollutants, including soil toxicity.

Given these findings, experts recommend the creation of an independent intergovernmental commission to analyze the dangers and possible solutions to pollution, as well as greater funding from governments and independent organizations to help tackle the problem.