Air pollution, particulate and specific chemicals, can exacerbate COPD and the onset of asthma as well as increase the respiratory morbidity and mortality. Globally, seven million deaths were attributable to the joint effects of household and ambient air pollution. Subjects with chronic respiratory diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma are especially vulnerable to the detrimental effects of air pollutants. For reducing the air pollutants indoor, people should use clean fuels and improve the stoves so as to burn fuel more efficiently and vent emissions to the outside. Air cleaners that can improve the air quality efficiently are recommended. Air pollution and chronic airway diseases: what should people know and do? provides a nice rundown of pollution sources and their potential negative impact.
The World Health Organization estimates that 7 million premature deaths annually linked to air pollution. That’s one in eight deaths globally, making it the single largest environmental health risk. Reducing pollution could save millions of lives.
Outdoor Air and Appliances as Sources of Indoor Particulate Matter is an enlightening YouTube piece that features Brent Stephens, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Architectural Engineering, Illinois Institute. He discusses factors affecting indoor air quality as part of an Environmental Protection Agency meeting.
Previously at our blog, ASTHMA IS MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR TO ABSENTEEISM AMONG LOW-INCOME STUDENTS