Hu publishes ExWAS of COVID-19 mortality in the United States

Hui HuDr. Hui Hu, assistant professor in Epidemiology, recently published in The Science of the Total Environment. Dr. Hu and his co-authors, including current and incoming Epidemiology PhD students Yi Zheng and Xiaoxiao Wen, examined the associations between long-term exposures to 337 environmental variables and nationwide county-level COVID-19 mortality. The study found that long-term exposures to air pollution (i.e., NO2, benzidine), food environment (i.e., county-level percent of students eligible for reduced-price lunch), and vacant land were associated with COVID-19 mortality. This work was supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under award 1R21ES032762.