Air pollution in St. Louis helps fuel coronavirus spread, especially in communities of color

ST. LOUIS — The coronavirus spreads faster in areas with poor air quality, according to new research from Washington University. Researchers analyzed data on environmental, socioeconomic and health factors from a dozen U.S. cities, including St. Louis. They found that long-term exposure to microscopic air pollution and population density were both linked to faster coronavirus […]

More Than 1 Million Deaths In 2017 Linked To Burning Fossil Fuels, Wash U Study Finds

ST. LOUIS — Burning fossil fuels has created a massive, global problem: climate change. New research from Washington University finds these fuel sources also have serious health consequences. The study found more than 1 million people died worldwide in 2017 related to air pollution from burning coal, oil and natural gas. When inhaled, the microscopic […]

Rare Coronavirus Mutation Can Complicate COVID-19 Testing, St. Louis Researchers Report

ST. LOUIS — A rare coronavirus mutation can affect COVID-19 testing reliability, new research from Washington University has found. Identified in a handful of St. Louis patients last year, the mutation may make it harder for certain commercial tests to detect an infection. But researchers emphasize that the vast majority of COVID-19 tests target multiple […]

COVID Survivors Hope Experimental Therapy Will Help Them Learn To Smell Again

ST. LOUIS — Elizabeth Tesson remembers the exact moment she lost her sense of smell, the day after she tested positive for COVID-19. “I got a very odd feeling in my nose, like a burning sensation in my sinuses and along my cheeks,” said Tesson, who lives in St. Louis County. “About an hour and […]