ProPublica: New Research Shows Disproportionate Rate of Coronavirus Deaths in Polluted Areas

ProPublica: New Research Shows Disproportionate Rate of Coronavirus Deaths in Polluted Areas. “The industrial plants in the riverside Louisiana city of Port Allen have worried Diana LeBlanc since her children were young. In 1978, an explosion at the nearby Placid oil refinery forced her family to evacuate. ‘We had to leave in the middle of the night with two babies,’ said LeBlanc, now 70. ‘I always had to be on the alert.’ LeBlanc worried an industrial accident would endanger her family. But she now thinks the threat was more insidious. LeBlanc, who has asthma, believes the symptoms she experienced while sick with the coronavirus were made worse by decades of breathing in toxic air pollution.”

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