School absences correlate to impaired air quality

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In Salt Lake City schools, absences rise when the air quality worsens, and it’s not just in times of high pollution or ‘red’ air quality days — even days following lower levels of pollutants saw increased absences.

Associated journal articles: Daniel L Mendoza, Cheryl S. Pirozzi, Erik T. Crosman, Theodore G. Liou, Yue Zhang, Jessica J. Cleeves, Stephen C. Bannister, William R L Anderegg, Robert Paine III. Impact of low-level fine particulate matter and ozone exposure on absences in K-12 students and economic consequencesEnvironmental Research Letters, 2020; DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/abbf7a

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