Environmental Factors and COVID-19: Preliminary Findings from China

The aim of this webinar is to share with the audience some preliminary findings on the associations of environmental factors (weather conditions and air pollution) with the epidemiological characteristics of COVID-19 in Chinese cities. In short, the research found significant association of ambient nitrogen dioxide levels with basic reproduction number (R0) of COVID-19 in China; in contrast, no associations were found for temperature or UV radiation with R0 of COVID-19. Moreover, the fatality rate of COVID-19 was found to be associated with PM2.5 and PM10, both in Hubei Province and other cities outside Hubei Province in China. The research highlights the potential benefit of air pollution control during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This webinar is organized by APRU Global Health Program and

USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health.

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Date and Time

Friday, June 19, 2020

11 am (Sydney)/10 am (Tokyo/Seoul)/9 am (Hong Kong/Beijing)/8 am (Bangkok)

Thursday, June 18, 2020

6 pm Pacific Time (US & Canada)

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Professor Haidong Kan
School of Public Health, Fudan University

Professor Haidong Kan obtained his Ph.D. degree in 2003 at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. In 2007, he completed his postdoc training at the National Institute of Environmental Health Science of the US. He is a Distinguished Professor of Cheung Kong Scholars Programme by the Ministry of Education, China. He is a member of the China National Advisory Committee of Environment and Health and an associate editor of International Journal of Epidemiology. His research investigates how ambient air pollution and global climate change affect human health.

Dr Mellissa Withers (Moderator)
Associate Professor, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California and Director, APRU Global Health Program

Mellissa Withers, Ph.D., MHS is an Associate Professor at thin the Department of Preventive Medicine. She is based at the USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health. She also is also Director of the Global Health Program of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, a non-profit network of more than 50 leading universities in the region. She received a Ph.D. from the Department of Community Health Sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health with a minor in cultural anthropology. She also earned a Master’s in International Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a BA in international development from UC Berkeley. Her research interests lie in community participatory research, gender-based violence, and global sexual and reproductive health. Dr. Withers is the editor of two books: Global Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health Across the Lifecourse, and Global Health Leadership: Case Studies from the Asia-Pacific. She also writes a blog on human trafficking titled Modern-Day Slavery for Psychology Today.