Assessing the Link Between Particulate Matter and COVID-19

A recent study has been released with the focused purpose of assessing the relationship between particulate matter (PM) concentration levels and the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Italy. Particulate matter refers to airborne solid particles and liquid droplets. This airborne matter can consist of dust particles, dirt, soot, smoke and more. Without implementation of suppression methods like dust control, it can cause harm to those who inhale it. Experts from the University of Bologna, Bari, Milano, Trieste and the Italian Society of Environmental Medicine worked together to assess the situation and determine a hypothesis.

Before directly looking at the current situation, the team reviewed previous virus scenarios to help gain an understanding of past epidemic trends. Several past studies showed that increases of infection are related to airborne PM concentration levels. Ambient influenza A virus was notably higher when PM was above typical amounts during the Asian dusty days. A study on the Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) also showed a positive correlation between the infection rate and PM.

Observing past studies, the team determined that it's possible for PM to be an effective carrier for viruses, spreading to the population. With this possibility, researching whether particulate matter acts similarly with COVID-19 is important to perform, and this team of experts has been hard at work in Italy.

Particulate Matter and COVID-19 Relation

After assessing many previous outbreaks and their own correlation between its virus and particulate matter, the team began work on the main purpose of finding a possible correlation between COVID-19 and PM.

They looked at data associations between the daily limit exceedances of PM10 and COVID-19 diffusion rates. The team found that Coronavirus outbreaks were higher than normal in Pianura Padana and other northern regions of Italy. This association led the team to form a hypothesis that believes in a direct relationship between particulate matter and COVID-19 in specific Italian regions.

In southern regions of Italy, the COVID-19 spreading reflected epidemic models based on typical transmission through person-to-person contact. The northern regions and in Pianura Padana suggest that the diffusion of the virus was boosted by a carrier agent. The boost in this area could be seen when PM10 levels registered above the daily limit, supporting the team's hypothesis.

Conclusions and Suggestions

Based on data associations and observed correlations, the team found that how the COVID-19 infection spread in selected regions of northern Italy is supposed to be related to PM10 pollution. The team also concluded that during February 7 - 29 in specific regions of northern Italy, the PM10 levels that exceeded the daily limit created a boost in the spread of the Coronavirus to those in contact with the particles.

Moving forward, the team will continue to look at how environmental factors like temperature and humidity affect the effectiveness of viruses in the atmosphere. Based on the associations found in the report, the team suggests that policymakers take the findings into account and take action to help reduce spreading through particulate matter.

Misting cannons are an effective way to drop airborne dust particles to the ground and keep those in contact safe from inhaling harmful substances. These systems work to control particulate matter in various job sites around the world.

References

Misting Cannon for Particulate Matter Control

Misting cannon assisting in controlling particulate matter!

Based on data associations and observed correlations, the team found that how the COVID-19 infection spread in selected regions of northern Italy is supposed to be related to PM10 pollution. The team also concluded that during February 7 - 29 in specific regions of northern Italy, the PM10 levels that exceeded the daily limit created a boost in the spread of the Coronavirus to those in contact with the particles.

Moving forward, the team will continue to look at how environmental factors like temperature and humidity affect the effectiveness of viruses in the atmosphere. Based on the associations found in the report, the team suggests that policymakers take the findings into account and take action to help reduce spreading through particulate matter.

Misting cannons are an effective way to drop airborne dust particles to the ground and keep those in contact safe from inhaling harmful substances. These systems work to control particulate matter in various job sites around the world.

Misting Cannon for Particulate Matter Control

Misting cannon assisting in controlling particulate matter!

References

Control Particulate Matter Today!

Receive a FREE quote and talk to a specialist today to find out how DustBoss can suppress particulate matter!

Get A Quote

More BossTek...

DustBoss Dust Control System and How it Works

By BossTek | May 28, 2020

Dust control can be a sizable investment depending on what kind of solution is chosen. Naturally, when you’re making this decision you want to have an idea of how the equipment works. DustBoss dust control cannons are durable misting systems that successfully take down dust while saving money in the long run. Here, you can… Continue Reading

Dust Control Frequently Asked Questions

By BossTek | May 13, 2020

Dust control can be intimidating at first encounter. Many questions may be swirling around in your mind, trying to figure out what exactly you need or how it works. Let’s take a look at the entry point of dust management and answer some common questions about dust control and DustBoss® systems. 10 FAQs about Dust… Continue Reading

Dust Control Misting Cannon Benefits and Applications

By BossTek | May 1, 2020

No one wants to be fined on the job, and when it comes to industrial sites, those fines can get pretty hefty. Over the past decade, the need for effective dust control on industrial job sites has grown immensely due to new rules and regulations cropping up like with construction dust control and silica dust…. Continue Reading

BossTek in Dust Suppression and Odor Control Industries

By BossTek | April 27, 2020

DustBoss and OdorBoss equipment works in a wide span of industries that require potent forms of suppression. The equipment thrives in these scenarios, stopping dust and odor in its tracks. DustBoss dust control systems have lots of experience in the demolition industry and can drive slag pit emissions to the ground. They prevent particles from… Continue Reading

Assessing the Link Between Particulate Matter and COVID-19

By BossTek | April 16, 2020

A recent study has been released with the focused purpose of assessing the relationship between particulate matter (PM) concentration levels and the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Italy. Particulate matter refers to airborne solid particles and liquid droplets. This airborne matter can consist of dust particles, dirt, soot, smoke and more. Without implementation of… Continue Reading

Concrete Paving Contractor Meets Strict Military Quality Standards Using Misting System

By BossTek | April 2, 2020

The use of atomized misting technology has helped a government contractor comply with strict military concrete quality and dust emission standards during the construction of an airfield tarmac.  By providing a consistent humidity level in a high-heat desert environment, the DustBoss® DB-30™ (manufactured by BossTek) helped Southwest Concrete Paving Company (SWCP) maintain the proper moisture… Continue Reading

Subscribe and Stay Up-to-Date!

Receive a monthly newsletter keeping you up-to-date on the latest in dust and odor control.

Subscribe

This entry was posted in Blog Separation, Educational, News. Bookmark the permalink. Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.