Several studies have demonstrated a link between air pollution and the severity of Covid-19 cases. In addition, air pollution may also be a contributing factor to the spread of the virus, increasing its survival time and affecting the transmission distance. In the complex and articulated panorama of international studies and research that have investigated the cause-effect relationship between air pollution and the pandemic, a contribution in Italy also came from the geographical sciences. Immediately after the outbreak of the pandemic, in fact, under the coordination of AGEI (Association of Italian Geographers), the network of Italian cartographic laboratories LabGeoNet produced a synergistic effort resulting in the creation of the Covid-19 Atlas. Geographies of contagion in Italy. From this work, related to the first wave of the pandemic in Italy (February-June 2020), it emerges that in some cases it has most affected those territories characterized by high levels of air pollution as well as, at the same time, by the concentration of logistical, commercial and industrial traffic or by a high degree of mobility. In this paper we try to analyse the cause-effect relationship between air pollution and the spread of Covid-19 infections in two Italian regions: Lombardy and Umbria.
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