Assessing the relationship between COVID-19, air quality, and meteorological variables : A case study of Dhaka city in Bangladesh

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Author(s)

  • Md Sariful Islam
  • Mizanur Rahman
  • Tanmoy Roy Tusher
  • Shimul Roy
  • Mohammad Arfar Razi

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Original languageEnglish
Article number200609
Journal / PublicationAerosol and Air Quality Research
Volume21
Issue number6
Online published18 Jan 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021

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Abstract

The novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has become a serious health concern worldwide for almost a year. This study investigated the effects of selected air pollutants and meteorological variables on daily COVID-19 cases in Dhaka city, Bangladesh. Air pollutants and meteorological data for Dhaka city were collected from 8 April to 16 June 2020 from multiple sources. This study implied spearman’s correlation to see the correlation between daily COVID-19 cases and different air pollutants and meteorological variables. Besides, multiple linear regression and the Generalized Additive Model (GAM) were used to investigate the association between COVID-19 cases and other variables used in this study. Due to lockdown measures, significant differences between PM2.5, SO2, NO2, CO, and O3 in 2019 and 2020 were observed in Dhaka city. We used lag-0, lag-7, lag-14, and lag-21 days on daily COVID-19 cases to look at the lag effect of different air pollutants and meteorology. The LRM results showed that the daily COVID-19 cases are significantly correlated with relative humidity (lag-0 days) and pressure (lag-14 days) (p < 0.05). Additionally, the GAM model results showed a significant nonlinear association among daily COVID-19 cases and meteorology and air quality variables on different lag days. Therefore, our results suggest that an effective public health intervention measures should be implemented to slowdown the spreading of COVID-19.

Research Area(s)

  • Air quality, Correlation, COVID-19, Dhaka, Meteorology

Citation Format(s)

Assessing the relationship between COVID-19, air quality, and meteorological variables : A case study of Dhaka city in Bangladesh. / Islam, Md Sariful; Rahman, Mizanur; Tusher, Tanmoy Roy et al.

In: Aerosol and Air Quality Research, Vol. 21, No. 6, 200609, 06.2021.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review

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