Ban wood, coal & bonfire burning during the pandemic to improve respiratory health

Ban wood, coal & bonfire burning during the pandemic to improve respiratory health

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Adrian H started this petition to UK Parliament

The pollution from burning wood, coal and bonfires is particularly harmful to respiratory health and has been linked to a higher covid-19 mortality rate - please share and sign to ban this burning during the pandemic so as to improve health and relieve pressure on the NHS.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/07/air-pollution-linked-to-far-higher-covid-19-death-rates-study-finds

PM2.5, the main pollutant when burning these fuels, has increased in some parts of the country due to people staying at home more and lighting more fires.  The increase is likely to be seen more in residential areas where we now spend most of our time.  Wood and coal burning are the largest sources of PM2.5 in normal times but they are now expected to account for a larger proportion.

A number of studies link PM2.5 to a reduced immune response to viral infections and even increase the transmission of viral infections as well as reducing respiratory health; a temporary ban could be very important in slowing the effects of this awful virus.

Even if just as a precaution, can we please temporarily ban the burning of wood, coal, bonfires and anything else non essential that may increase PM2.5 levels

 

Links

'How Air Pollution Makes The Coronavirus So Much More Dangerous
Breathing dirty air damages our health and can create underlying conditions that dramatically elevate the risk of complications and death from COVID-19.'

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/air-pollution-coronavirus-health_n_5e833c50c5b62dd9f5d5f50d

'Lockdown eases seasonal smog - but wood fires and farming continue to cause pollution...A study of the Sars epidemic in China suggested that infected people were more likely to die if their area had poor-quality air.'

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/02/lockdown-eases-seasonal-smog-pollution

'Air pollutants, especially PM2.5, PM10 ... can increase the risk of influenza like illnesses'

https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-019-7607-2

https://twitter.com/atreeon/status/1245626899209916419

 

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