A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that asbestos insulation can contribute to more than 90% of COVID deaths in the United States, with the greatest contribution in the Midwest and the South.
The report, published online today (July 29), adds to growing evidence that the pervasive use of asbestos in buildings contributes to the spread of the virus, the highest risk group for COVID.
But despite the link between asbestos and COVID, it’s still a common and ubiquitous material used in building materials, even in older buildings.
So why does it contribute so much to COVIS-19 deaths?
To understand why, it helps to understand how we got here.
The history of asbestos insulation Many buildings in the U