Biomass use and COVID-19: A novel concern

Megha Thakur*, Esther A. Boudewijns, Giridhara R. Babu, Onno C. P. van Schayck

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Evidence supports the link between air pollution and COVID-19 and thus it is likely that exposure to biomass smoke is associated with COVID-19. The poor, including refugees and migrant workers staying in fragile conditions, are most vulnerable. An outbreak of COVID-19 in a place where the concept of physical distancing is next to impossible could easily overwhelm the public health system. It is thus essential to understand the consequences of being exposed to smoke in relation to COVID-19 infection.

Original languageEnglish
Article number109586
Number of pages2
JournalEnvironmental Research
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020


  • COVID-19
  • Air pollution
  • Smoke
  • Migrants

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