Study: air pollution along Utah’s Wasatch Front causes more than 200 pneumonia cases each year

11 Jan 2018   Air Quality, USA

Air pollution trapped along the Wasatch Front by winter inversions is estimated to send more than 200 people to the emergency room with pneumonia each year, according to a study by University of Utah Health and Intermountain Healthcare. Bad air quality especially erodes the health of adults over age 65, a population particularly vulnerable to the effects of pneumonia. The research findings were published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society . The Wasatch Front—a metropolitan region in north-central Utah—is mostly surrounded by mountains. During the winter months, Utah’s Wasatch Front experiences periodic weather inversions that trap emissions along the metropolitan valley. Within days, air pollution worsens as the concentration of small particles rises, at […]

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