South Side Weekly: Risk is in the Air

An aerial view of the demolition of a smokestack at the Crawford Generating Station, which generated a plume of dust that diffused through Chicago's Little Village neighborhood.

SPH's Dr. Susan Buchanan, clinical associate professor of environmental and occupational health sciences, was featured in South Side Weekly analyzing the impact of the demolition of the Crawford Generating Station on Chicago's south side, which generated a huge plume of dust that descended upon residents of the Little Village neighborhood during the COVID-19 outbreak.

If you live in an area where the air quality is poor, your lungs are already going to be stressed, so you may be at higher risk of COVID-19.  Where you live has a huge influence on your overall health. And not just in terms of the environment—the air you breathe—but also in terms of the other stressors going on in the area where you live, including food deserts, violence, lack of decent sanitation, and lack of sufficient housing.

Dr. Susan Buchanan  |  Clinical Associate Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

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