How do chemical exposures impact COVID?

The emergence of COVID-19 marked a dramatic shift in our lives: quarantine, remote work, and coping with the extraordinary loss of life on a global scale. As environmental health experts, we were also concerned about how increased exposure to cleaning chemicals – and chemicals generally – might impact COVID outcomes. We knew this virus – like many of these chemicals – would not affect people equally but would put the most marginalized (like farmworkers, low-wealth communities, and the Global South) at greater risk.