Lockdown air quality boost helped 41% reduction in adult asthma hospital stays

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Reductions in Nitrogen Dioxide and Particular Matter combined with fine weather during 2020 led to cleaner air conditions compared to previous five year average.

The OxAria study team, led by the University of Birmingham working with Felix Leach at the University of Oxford, Oxfordshire County and City Councils and Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, found that the falling pollution levels strongly correlated with lower rates of acute asthma care provision for adult residents in the four postcodes in Oxford city, falling from 78 per 100k residents in 2015-19, to 46 per 100k residents, a reduction of 41%.

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