15 September 2020 - 11:33
Dark autumn lurking Isfahan amid pandemic

Recent studies amid the Coronavirus pandemic indicate that air pollution is attributed to premature deaths of about 9 million people around the world each year.

Iran (IMNA) – Coronary heart disease and stroke account for half of all deaths, respiratory diseases and other non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure are the major risk factors for death, and only 6 percent of all deaths link to lung cancers caused by pollution.

With the outbreak of Covid-19 in the past seven months, such diseases have been recognized as underlying disorders that make the treatment processes difficult for patients with coronavirus and put them at higher risk of dying from the deadly infection.

Whereas Isfahan is getting prepared for the last autumn of the century, the city falls in the red zone where coronavirus outbreaks are so serious. It seems that with the onset of the cold season the occurrence of temperature inversion, during which cold air is trapped beneath warm air increasing the concentration of pollutants during the coronavirus epidemic, will double the problems.

"Superior authorities should limit the activities and sources associated with air pollution in order to prevent the exacerbation of this phenomenon during this dark autumn. If the mentioned measures are not carried out, the concentration of urban pollutants and air quality index numbers will go up sharply," the deputy of development and weather forecasts department of Isfahan Meteorological Organization, Navid Haji Babaee said.

Saying that the amount of mobile source pollution in the metropolis of Isfahan is more than stationary sources of air pollution, the head of laboratories at Isfahan General Directorate for Environmental Protection, Babak Sadeghian, said, "The more we reduce the sources of pollutants, the less intensity of air pollution at this city will we witness."

Referring to the foreknowledge of Isfahan Meteorological Organization on special conditions and the possibility of increasing pollutants during the upcoming fall, he noted, "In order to minimize the damages caused by air pollution we behave the same way as in the previous years according to the regulations and instructions that refer to critical conditions."

"When air pollution increases, the immune defense ability of the respiratory system will be under pressure, and if people get coronavirus disease during these days, they will experience worse complications," an infectious diseases specialist at Isfahan Health Center, Reza Fadaee said.

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