Power Outage Mediates the Associations Between Major Storms and Hospital Admission of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

The authors examined the relationship between power outages and hospital admissions for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). They found power outages associated with between a 1.23 to 1.61 higher risk of COPD admissions across lag 0-6 days (significant relationship for two days) and emphasized the importance of having backup electrical systems prepared before major storms to reduce related COPD hospitalization.
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