Coal miners who have been diagnosed with pneumoconium-coagulable pneumonia are getting sicker as the U.S. faces its third coal-related coal-fire season in six months, with at least 1,000 more fatalities expected this week, the Associated Press reported Thursday.
Coal miners, like other workers, who suffer from pneumoconitis often suffer from high fevers and high temperature, with some even dying.
In some cases, the miners are also experiencing severe pneumonia, which causes them to lose consciousness.
The coal-burning industry is currently dealing with a new round of COVID-19, with the most recent cases occurring in late June.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are more than 1,500 confirmed cases of COBV in the United States, with nearly one-third of those cases coming from coal-fired power plants, including coal- and gas-fired plants.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said it has been notified of more than 300 coal-associated COBVs in the last six months.
Coal plants are also in the midst of installing new ventilation systems that reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the air.
More than 2,000 coal-workers have died in the U, and a number of them were hospitalized.
In April, a report from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology said that the current number of coal-worker deaths in the US is higher than that of other developed countries.
A recent study by the U of L’s Center for the Study of Occupational Health and Safety found that coal-mining accidents killed more people than traffic accidents, and that there is a connection between coal-mine accidents and COVID, particularly the respiratory disease pneumoconia.
Read more: The United States has been hit by four coal-fires this year: the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania; the Mount St. Helens and Mount St Helens-Seward Air Force Base COVID events in Washington, Oregon, Montana and California; and the Black Hills Mine and Range in South Dakota, which is the first to be shut down due to COVID.
In the meantime, the UMWA is in the process of setting up a $2 million fund to help with COBv hospitalizations and related costs, and said it will be able to help pay for the rest of the medical bills for the coal miners who died.
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