In an essay in the London Review of Books, David Wallace-Wells contrasted the 5.5 million annual global deaths from COVID  with the 7 million deaths attributed to air pollution (AP) projected by the World Health Organization ; he bemoaned the lack of attention being given to the latter.  He noted that other AP mortality estimates run as high as 8.7 million and 10 million if indoor air pollution were included. This is getting downright scary.
excess deaths from air pollution
The first general alarm about the lethal effects of community air pollution was sounded in London in December 1952 during a severe fog episode that shut the city down and flooded hospitals and morgues. Subsequent media discussions about the benefits of cleaner air often cite the World Health Organization's global estimate of 7 million air pollution-related deaths annually (about 12% of the total), primarily based on studies of long-term mortality differences among US cities during previous decades. More recent publications have focused on short-term temporal associations. So how do long- and short-term analyses relate?