As largely documented in the literature, the stark restrictions enforced worldwide in 2020 to curb the COVID-19 pandemic also curtailed the production of air pollutants to some extent. This study investigates the perception of the air pollution as assessed by individuals located in ten countries: Australia, Brazil, China, Ghana, India, Iran, Italy, Norway, South Africa and the USA. The perceptions towards air quality were evaluated by employing an online survey administered in May 2020. Participants (N = 9394) in the ten countries expressed their opinions according to a Likert-scale response. A reduction in pollutant concentration was clearly perceived, albeit to a different extent, by all populations. The survey participants located in India and Italy perceived the largest drop in the air pollution concentration; conversely, the smallest variation was perceived among Chinese and Norwegian respondents. Among all the demographic indicators considered, only gender proved to be statistically significant.

Air pollution perception in ten countries during the COVID-19 pandemic

Ghasemi N.
Penultimo
Data Curation
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2021

Abstract

As largely documented in the literature, the stark restrictions enforced worldwide in 2020 to curb the COVID-19 pandemic also curtailed the production of air pollutants to some extent. This study investigates the perception of the air pollution as assessed by individuals located in ten countries: Australia, Brazil, China, Ghana, India, Iran, Italy, Norway, South Africa and the USA. The perceptions towards air quality were evaluated by employing an online survey administered in May 2020. Participants (N = 9394) in the ten countries expressed their opinions according to a Likert-scale response. A reduction in pollutant concentration was clearly perceived, albeit to a different extent, by all populations. The survey participants located in India and Italy perceived the largest drop in the air pollution concentration; conversely, the smallest variation was perceived among Chinese and Norwegian respondents. Among all the demographic indicators considered, only gender proved to be statistically significant.
Lou B.; Barbieri D.M.; Passavanti M.; Hui C.; Gupta A.; Hoff I.; Lessa D.A.; Sikka G.; Chang K.; Fang K.; Lam L.; Maharaj B.; Ghasemi N.; Qiao Y.; Adomako S.; Foroutan Mirhosseini A.; Naik B.; Banerjee A.; Wang F.; Tucker A.; Liu Z.; Wijayaratna K.; Naseri S.; Yu L.; Chen H.; Shu B.; Goswami S.; Peprah P.; Hessami A.; Abbas M.; Agarwal N.
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