COVEN (COVID-19 and ENvironment)

Purpose

The impact of exposure to acute air pollution on COVID-19 is still poorly understood. 

 

Previous studies suggest that air pollution may have an impact on rates of COVID-19 prevalence and incidence, patient recovery, disease severity, and mortality. However, potentially confounding variables remain to be sufficiently controlled for.

 

The COVEN study aims to use a rigorous methodology to explore the potential global impact of acute air pollution  on COVID-19. 

study design

Daily satellite data for various air pollutants and weather forecasts will be collected across the globe. These data are used to conduct a time-series analysis with the COVID-19 mortality as outcome from early December 2019 until the end of December 2020.

 

AIR POLLUTANTS

High quality, global, daily data will be obtained from the CAMS-NRT and Sentinel 5-Precursor satellites. 

 

Data from both will be retrieved at about 10 km spatial and daily mean temporal resolution.

Data sources

WEATHER CONDITIONS


High quality, global, daily data will be obtained from the CFSv2. Specifically, temperature, humidity, and wind speed will be controlled for. 

COVID-19 

 

Daily mortality rates of COVID-19 will be retrieved for each target city. If city-level data is unavailable, county or state level data will be used.

Project team members

Heresh Amini, Assist. Prof., Principal Investigator

University of Copenhagen, DENMARK, heresh.amini@sund.ku.dk

Farshad Farzadfar, Prof.

Tehran University of Medical Sciences, IRAN, f-farzadfar@tums.ac.ir

Nino Kuenzli, Prof.

University of Basel, SWITZERLAND, nino.kuenzli@swisstph.ch

Theis Lange, Assoc. Prof.

University of Copenhagen, DENMARK, thlan@sund.ku.dk

Youn-Hee Lim, Assist. Prof.

University of Copenhagen, DENMARK, younhee.lim@sund.ku.dk

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Maude Plucker, MSc Student

University of Copenhagen, DENMARK, hnd755@alumni.ku.dk

Weeberb Réquia, Assist. Prof.

Fundação Getúlio Vargas, BRAZIL, weeberb.requia@fgv.br

Joel Schwartz, Prof.

Haravrd T.H. Chan School of Public Health, UNITED STATES, joel@hsph.harvard.edu

Rudi Westendorp, Prof.

University of Copenhagen, DENMARK, westendorp@sund.ku.dk

Jiawei Zhang, MSc Student

University of Copenhagen, DENMARK, gfd765@alumni.ku.dk