PFAS exposure linked with worse COVID-19 outcomes
Everything we put in and on our bodies matters, and that’s what we’re all about here at ZEGO. The Royal Society of Chemistry shared this week that PFAS exposure found to increase risk of severe Covid-19.
Rebecca Trager, US Correspondent for Chemistry World shares that “Toxicologists are expressing concern that exposure to per- or poly-fluorinated substances (PFASs) can increase a person’s likelihood of developing severe Covid-19. There are also warning that PFASs could also diminish the effectiveness of a vaccine against the novel coronavirus.”
“I am not surprised that we are finding these effects related to Covid-19 susceptibility, as exposure to other PFAS compounds is associated with many other negative health effects,” says Will Dichtel, an organic chemist who studies PFAS at Northwestern University in Illinois.
What are PFAS?
In 1946, DuPont introduced nonstick cookware coated with Teflon. Today the family of fluorinated chemicals that sprang from Teflon includes thousands of nonstick, stain-repellent and waterproof compounds called PFAS, short for per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances.
Hundreds of everyday products are made with highly toxic fluorinated chemicals called PFAS. They build up in our bodies and never break down in the environment. Very small doses of PFAS have been linked to cancer, reproductive and immune system harm, and other diseases.
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