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Ohio was found to rank 8th-most polluted and has seen a total number of 167 COVID-19 related deaths. Health analysts at QuoteWizard found the top 20 polluting states accounted for over 70% of total COVID-19 cases, and nearly 80% of all COVID-19 deaths.

We examined EPA Air Pollutant Emissions Trends Data to see which states are the biggest polluters. We then paired the state’s pollution figures with the most recent (April 8th) count of COVID-19 cases and deaths to find a correlation in pollution rates and COVID-19 cases.

Key Findings:

  • A Harvard study found long-term exposure to air pollution was associated with a 15% increase in COVID-19 deaths.
  • California, Florida and Louisiana are among the biggest polluters and highest number of COVID-19 cases.
  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, countries hit hardest like China, South Korea and Italy have experienced a 20% to 40% drop in air pollution.
  • Shelter-in-Place orders have reduced the number of cars on the roads, and insurance companies are reducing premiums by as much as 15%.

You can find the report here: https://quotewizard.com/news/posts/how-the-environment-has-influenced-covid-19