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Children line up for flu treatment in Beijing as smog may worsen health issues

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Parents watch over their children under a row of intravenous drips at a hospital for flu treatment in Beijing on Jan. 13.

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Nurses attend to a young child in a hospital for flu treatment in Beijing on Jan. 13.

According to the Global Times, heavy pollution like the smog that hit Beijing this past weekend could exacerbate the flu season in China, experts say. The pollutants lower residents’ ability to combat the flu and the virus is more likely to remain in the air after an infected person sneezes.

Public anger in China over dangerous levels of air pollution spread on Jan. 14 as state media editorials questioned official transparency and the nation's breakneck development.

-- Agence France-Presse

Related: 'Worst' smog ever hitting Beijing, environmentalists say

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Nurses attend to a baby in a hospital for flu treatment in Beijing on Jan. 13.

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