A new research study from researchers at the University of California, San Diego suggests that the air quality in New York City can worsen with exposure to air pollution in the form of fine particles.
The study, which was recently published in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, suggests that a single, short-lived bout of severe asthma may have the potential to exacerbate asthma in large numbers.
Researchers used data collected from more than 50,000 people in New Jersey, where the fine particle concentrations are typically the highest in the state.
The researchers determined that the levels of PM2.5 particulate matter in New Yorkers were five times higher than those in the general population, and the concentrations of PM10 and PM2,5 in the air were nearly five times the national average.
“In general, people who live in very high pollution areas have an increased risk of asthma,” said lead author Jonathan K. Brown, a professor of environmental health at the UCSD School of Public Health.
“This study suggests that people living in the city are more likely to be exposed to the most extreme air pollution than other residents.
This is particularly true for people who work in urban areas and those who live near public transportation.
We believe this might be because of the nature of the work they do and the nature and amount of exposure they are getting.”
Brown said the study suggests it’s important to take steps to lower the amount of air pollution you’re exposed to, particularly in cities.
“If you’re in a dense urban area, you should be getting more air pollution exposure from your work than from your car,” Brown said.
The study also shows that there is a link between the levels and severity of asthma in New Yorker’s and other people who have asthma, suggesting that it’s possible to reduce the amount you breathe and thus the severity of your symptoms.
But even though the study is preliminary, it offers hope for people living near high concentrations of fine particulate pollution.
It’s important that we all do our part to reduce pollution and keep air quality within acceptable levels, said Brown.
“Our goal is to have as low as possible the amount people breathe, so that they don’t have asthma,” Brown added.
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