Lockdowns arising from the on-going COVID-19 global pandemic have seen a dramatic improvement in air quality in urban areas throughout the world. At the same time, the disease has disproportionately affected people suffering from underlying health conditions, including those with different types of respiratory ailments.

Air pollution, including in Commonwealth megacities, but also in small island developing countries, has been shown to be an important cause of respiratory illness, though understanding of how air pollution affects mortality rates for the disease remains at best anecdotal. Nevertheless, the pandemic has brought the issue of the link between air pollution and respiratory health into sharper focus, and the question is one that poses significant challenges for national and municipal governments alike.

This webinar will focus on engaging experts and policymakers in a discussion on the impact of COVID-19 lockdown on air pollution across countries of the Commonwealth and insights on how future policies could be developed for cleaner air.

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