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COPLASMAVID -Atmospheric plasma treatments on textiles for virus decontamination and for increase...

In the context of the COVID19 pandemic, many countries in Europe suffer from critical shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as 'Filtering Face Piece' (FFP) masks and lab coats. In order to address this challenge, several initiatives throughout Western Europe are carried out to re-use the available equipment through decontamination or even sterilisation processes. So far, technologies such as chemical sterilization, irradiation technologies, UV exposure, supercritical CO2 or vacuum plasma have been tested and proved to be efficient against COVID19 contamination. However, they...

The role of air pollution in transmission and severity of COVID-19

Based on superficial inspection and anecdotal evidence, there appears to be a close correlation between being a hotspot area for COVID-19 prevalence or severity on one hand and air pollution on the other hand. For instance, the highest COVID-19 prevalence region in Italy (Lombardy) is also one of the most polluted areas of the country. This apparent correlation has led some researchers to hypothesise that air pollution may play a causal role in increasing COVID-19 transmission and severity. While such a link is plausible, as COIV-19 is a respiratory disease and as there are well-established...

COVID-19 and air quality - effects and interactions

Against the background of the global COVID-19 outbreak and the increasing number of confirmed infections Europe, a shutdown of all non-essential businesses took place. Besides lower emissions from industries the amount of traffic declined significantly, especially in regions with a high commuter amounts. Traffic is an important source of fine particles, and due to their size and chemical composition they pose a high risk to human health. On a global scale PM has led to >3.3 million premature deaths and has been associated with diseases like acute lower respiratory illness or COPD. Furtherm...

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