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Air quality improvement follows reduced activity

19 March 2020

With FMs around the UK continuing to deal with a range of outcomes over the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, reports are emerging of improving air quality.

According to the BBC, researchers in New York, US, have said their studies have shown carbon monoxide reduce by nearly 50% when compared with 2019 results.

The BBC has also reported on reduced emissions in China and published satellite images showing emissions before and after the emergence of the virus.

With many businesses closing their facilities or limiting movement around them, including assisting employees in working from home, it is expected that these results will be mirrored around the UK.

At present, however, improved air quality is one of a few positive examples emerging from the outbreak, with many businesses and individuals experiencing difficult conditions.

Although the UK government's pledge to provide support to both businesses and the NHS, further details continue to be awaited on how these will materialise.

Live events around the UK continue to be cancelled or postponed, including the majority of those relating to the FM sector.

In response to the ongoing developments, PFM will continue to publish updates online and through its social media accounts, as well as publishing a special feature on infection control in its April issue.

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