Will electric vehicles save lives?

Chicago | September 14, 2020

Climate change threatens the health of all Americans, and nearly half of Americans are living with and breathing unhealthy air. The transportation sector is a leading contributor to both climate change and air pollution, and a new report from the American Lung Association finds that a widespread transition to electric cars, buses and trucks – increasingly powered by clean, non-combustion renewable energy – would benefit the lives and health of Americans across the nation.

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Air Quality and COVID-19: Connection, Health Impacts, and Racial Disparities

The American Lung Association’s virtual COVID-19 Summer Town Hall Series brings together top health experts to raise awareness about the effects of COVID-19. The next town hall on Wednesday, July 15 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm CT will focus on the connection between poor air quality and COVID-19, and impacts on communities of color, especially African Americans.

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Are people with chronic conditions at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19?

A new analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that people with chronic conditions including diabetes, lung disease and heart disease appear to be at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

The report finds 78% of COVID-19 patients in the U.S. requiring admission to the intensive care unit had at least one underlying condition. And 94% of hospitalized patients who died had an underlying condition. The analysis is a preliminary snapshot based on data from about 7,000 cases in the U.S. and about 200 deaths.

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