Nexus Between the COVID-19 Dynamics and Environmental Pollution Indicators in South America
Received 9 November 2020
Accepted for publication 17 December 2020
Published 8 January 2021 Volume 2021:14 Pages 67—74
Checked for plagiarism Yes
Review by Single anonymous peer review
Peer reviewer comments 2
Editor who approved publication: Professor Marco Carotenuto
Bilal,1 Muhammad Farhan Bashir,2 Bushra Komal,3 Maroua Benghoul,4 Muhammad Adnan Bashir,5 Duojiao Tan1
1Accounting School, Hubei University of Economics, Wuhan, People’s Republic of China; 2Business School, Central South University, Changsha 410083, Hunan, People’s Republic of China; 3Business School, University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, People’s Republic of China; 4Department of Statistics, Faculty of Science, Anadolu University, Turkey; 5School of Economics, Nankai University, Tianjin, People’s Republic of China
Correspondence: Muhammad Farhan Bashir
Business School, Central South University, Changsha 410083, Hunan, People’s Republic of China
Introduction: In the current context of the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers are working with health professionals to inform governments to slow the virus’s spread. The extant research contribution has been dedicated to examining the impact of climate indicators such as temperature, humidity, and rainfall. However, there is a lack of evidence regarding their combined association between environmental quality and climate indicators to combat COVID-19 in the South American context.
Methods: In this study, we collected data for environmental pollution indicators for the South America region, and correlation analysis and wavelet transform coherence were used as the analytical tools.
Results: Empirical estimates conclude that PM10, NO2, CO, and O3 are significant factors in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in South America.
Implications: Our findings will serve as policy implications for the state, health officials, and regulators to combat the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in South America.
Keywords: Coronavirus, COVID-19, environmental pollution, South America