Higher-than-average rates of certain chronic conditions, including asthma, may make Detroit residents more vulnerable to severe complications of the disease. The prevalence of asthma is 29 percent higher among adults in Detroit than those living in the rest of the state, according to a 2016 report from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
I was aware of pollution:
- Smoke from coal furnaces
- Smoke from leaf burning
- Industrial smoke
- Emissions from chemical plants
- Asbestos in old schools and churches
Nothing unexpected or unusual for the time. But now:
A Wayne State University study found elevated levels of high blood pressure in Wayne, Macomb and Oakland counties, the very places now surging with COVID-19 cases. Michigan also has rates of type 2 diabetes that are slightly higher than the rest of the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Is the prevalence of diabetes and high blood pressure an environmental effect or a demographic effect?