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  • Principal Investigator: Hajar Hajmohammadi
  • 1 October 2021 to 30 September 2023
  • Project No: 530
  • Funding round: FR1

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a catastrophic effect on health, and placed huge demands on primary and secondary NHS care. In this study, we will investigate the relationship between air pollution exposure and the risk of developing SARS-CoV-2 infection and COVID-19 disease in the UK. We will use data from COVIDENCE UK, which has been tracking the health of around 20,000 adult volunteers in the UK since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. COVIDENCE provides information on potential symptoms of COVID-19 experienced since 1st February 2020 and the results of any COVID-19 tests from the participants. We will then estimate the annual average and daily concentrations of air pollution at the home address of each participant by using a high-resolution air pollution map.

This study will help to predict and then reduce the risk of COVID-19 in locations with poor air quality. Results will help public health planning in the UK and internationally to reduce risk of COVID-19 infection.

Amount awarded: £57,466

Projects by themes

We have grouped projects under the five SPCR themes in this document

Evidence synthesis working group

The collaboration will be conducting 18 high impact systematic reviews, under four workstreams.