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Higher corona risks from chemicals? Study sees men, western Europeans and the elderly at risk

2021-01-25T04:19:35.709Z

Do unhealthy industrial chemicals increase the risk of developing Covid-19? A Danish study came to this conclusion.



Do unhealthy industrial chemicals increase the risk of developing Covid-19?

A Danish study came to this conclusion.

Odense -

Air pollution

and some

industrial chemicals

could have a negative impact on the course of a corona infection.

This is what researchers from Denmark want to have found out.

Corona study from Denmark: air pollution could worsen the course of Covid19

"Severity of Covid-19 with increased exposure to perfluorinated alkyl compounds" is the title of the article from October 2020. According to the Federal Environment Agency,

perfluorinated alkyl compounds (PFAS) are

carbon compounds that do not occur in nature, but

arise

in

chemical processes

.

Because they repel water, dirt and grease, they are often used in

textile or paper

production.

As a result, the substances get into the environment and are absorbed by humans through the air and food.

The investigation of

323

cases of

corona infection

has now shown that an increased PFAS concentration in the body also increases the risk of seriously contracting

Covid-19

.

Several

PFAS

were considered.

In particular, there is a connection with the substance

perfluorobutanoic acid (PFBA)

.

The acid is one of the alkyl compounds described and is deposited in the

lungs

.

PFAS threat: chemical industrial waste - research recognizes Covid-19 connection

The concentration in the body of the test persons was determined by blood analyzes.

More than twice as much PFBA was found in severe Covid19 courses.

From this, the scientists concluded: Those who have more of the chemical in themselves could get more seriously ill with corona.

In addition, the concentration of PFAS in

men

, in people of Western European background and with

increasing age was

higher.

However, no connection with chronic diseases has been established.

The

Federal Environment Agency

has also

taken up

the connection with

Corona

in a publication on

PFAS

: “In some areas particularly affected by severe Covid 19 infections, there are high levels of fine dust and NO2 pollution.

Air pollutants can (partly) cause, promote and aggravate diseases of the respiratory tract.

This could mean that people in areas with high levels of air pollution react more sensitively to an infection with SARS-CoV-2 or that the disease is more severe. "

Because PFAS is also in

Germany

are a problem, the relationship between exposure and serious illness may play a role.

In the study, however, relatively low concentrations of the chemical substances were generally found, the researchers admitted.

To solidify the results, groups that are more exposed to PFAS should be studied.

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Source: merkur

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