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Linking pesticide exposure with covid-19 among agricultural professionals in perspectives of immunity and safety: A review

Wali Muhammad, Ijaz Ahmad, Hassan Tariq Bhatti, Muhammad Zubair

Abstract


Pesticides are commonly used in our agro-ecosystems for controlling the insect pests, diseases and weeds. They are harmful for the people’s immune system. There is an important role of pesticides in our food chain and health systems. Unsafe use of pesticides in pandemic situation caused by COVID-19 may lead to reduction of immunity level in individuals exposed to sub lethal doses of pesticides. Arial sprays of pesticides are reported to be carcinogenic especially for those workers who are directly exposed to pesticides. Strengthened immune system is the first wall of safety against COVID-19. Peoples must consider the safe use of pesticides when they are thinking to strength their immune system. Off drifts of pesticides are suggested to be avoided for a better chance to survive in pandemic.


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COVID-19; Immune system; Pesticide use; Agriculture frontline workers

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