Improved risk of death: 1970's vs. Present day!

 

 

Sahsu Assistant Director Anna Hansell and Gary Fuller of King's College London were referenced in a recently released BBC article regarding the statistical decline in UK morbidity rates. 

 

 

In the full BBC article, which you can read here, ways in which risk of death for every day British population have decreased were outlined, with some emphasis on environmental factors.

The article referenced Centre research and included quotes from Gary and Anna on the comparison between AP levels of previous years and present day. 

The website highlighted a quotation from Gary Fuller stating that deadly smogs were smaller in number for present day records. This comparison has been drawn upon to infer better living quality in present day London for the population within the city, compared to that experienced circa 1970. 

Anna Hansell explained, however, that whilst levels were quoted to be higher, regarding deadly smogs in previously recorded years, 'long-term exposure to everyday air pollution has greater impact than short smogs'. Contrary to the articles cheery disposition on morbidity rates, this would, then, seem to indicate that we may actually, as a whole population, be exposed to worse quality of air with worse long-term effects on our health, as opposed to the unlucky few from yesteryear exposed to short-term deadly smogs.