PODCAST: Struggling to Breathe in the Bronx in the Age of COVID

Elisha Bouret (left) and her family live in the shadow of the Cross Bronx Expressway. She lost her grandmother-in-law to COVID-19 last year. Hiram Alejandro Durán/THE CITY

More than a year into the pandemic, the Bronx still has the highest death rate from COVID-19 in New York City. In her new podcast episode with Northern California Public Media and The City, “Struggling to Breathe in the Bronx,” Ese Olumhense explores how exposure to air pollution from nearby highways has compounded the effects of COVID-19 from the Bronx to Manhattan’s Chinatown and Washington Heights.