In Afghanistan, people are more likely to die from air pollution than due to civil war. There were 26,000 deaths caused by air pollution-related diseases in 2017 compared to 3,483 deaths caused by war, according to a report by the Afghanistan Research Center. The mountains that surround the capital, Kabul, trap polluted air and dust over the city. The poor quality of fuel used by many homes and businesses worsens the problem, and citizens sometimes wear face masks when outside. Lockdown has improved air quality, according to IQAir data, but the respite may only be temporary. And sadly the respiratory problems people face are likely to make them more suspectible to coronavirus.