Children near Amsterdam airport use inhalers more

2 July 2024

The air near large airports is filled with ultrafine particles, and more and more studies show that ultrafine particles are bad for health. Prof. Gerard Hoek was interviewed by the Guardian about his research on the effects of ultrafine particles on the respiratory health of children living near Schiphol Airport.

"On days with high aviation-related ultrafine particles, children experienced substantially more respiratory symptoms and used more symptom-relieving medication." Prof. Gerard Hoek of Utrecht University shares in an interview with the Guardian. Children near Schiphol Airport experience more respiratory symptoms including coughing, wheeziness and phlegm.

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