ECO-COV - - Association of green space with COVID-19 mortality: an ecological study of districts in India

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many deaths, and scientists have started thinking about the role played by environmental factors in COVID-19 infection predisposition and mortality. Exposure to green spaces is associated with stronger immunity, better respiratory function, and better mental health. However, we are lacking studies that explore the association between green space exposure and risk of dying from COVID-19, particularly in the Southern hemisphere. 

India is one of the countries hardest hit by the pandemic. The aim of the ECO-COV project is to determine if greater exposure to green spaces is associated with a lower COVID-19 death risk. The study was designed to use a combination of space-related data (environmental data and gridded population data) and other data types (concerning other disruptive factors) and to use remote detection and Geographic Information Systems. In addition to shedding light on possible interaction between green spaces and COVID-19 mortality, the study will convey the importance of using up-to-date gridded population data in epidemiological research. The project will be conducted by Ankit Skarwar, a post-doctoral fellow hosted at INED in the framework of the Institute’s iPOPs (Individuals, Populations, Societies) Laboratory of Excellence. 

INED participants: Ankit Sikarwar, Ritu Rani, Géraldine Duthé, Valérie Golaz and Jacques Véron

Online :January 2022