Yourwellness Magazine Follows Up UN Indoor Air Pollution Report

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With UN officials reporting this week that indoor air pollution kills far more people than AIDS and malaria, Yourwellness Magazine explored ways of reducing air pollution in the home.

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Being more regularly exposed to clean air can also help people to reduce the risk of suffering from conditions such as asthma, but fortunately, technologies exist that can help to make the air cleaner in your home.

According to WHO, nearly 2 million people a year die prematurely from illness attributable to indoor air pollution due to solid fuel use, 44% of whom die from pneumonia, 54% from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and 2% from lung cancer. This is a problem worldwide, as 3 billion people are known to cook and heat their homes using open fires and leaky stoves burning biomass (wood, animal dung and crop waste) and coal.

This week, Kandeh Yumkella, director general of the UN Industrial Development Organization, told a conference trying to work out new UN development goals for 2030, “Air pollution is causing more deaths than HIV or malaria combined.” WHO also reports that general indoor pollutants impair immune response, reduce the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood and is potentially linked to low birth weight, TB, ischemic heart disease, and nasopharyngeal and laryngeal cancers. WHO is now preparing new guidelines for indoor air quality, including health-based guidance about fuels, stove technologies and other strategies (e.g. ventilation) for reducing exposure.

With this in mind, Yourwellness Magazine took a closer look at indoor air pollution, investigating how allergy air purifiers can make a difference. According to their article, indoor air pollution is bad news for anyone who suffers from allergies or respiratory problems. “Being more regularly exposed to clean air can also help people to reduce the risk of suffering from conditions such as asthma, but fortunately, technologies exist that can help to make the air cleaner in your home.”

Yourwellness Magazine explored the benefits of allergy air purifiers, noting that they are at their most effective if they are used all year, due to the fact that specific allergies can be often be triggered by conditions that are unique to certain seasons. Yourwellness Magazine explained that air purifiers work by removing the airborne bacteria and toxins that can lead to the production of mould, viruses, and unnatural chemicals in the home. However, the article also explored cheaper alternatives, such as using baking soda as a cleaning agent, to keep the air in the home clean and free from chemicals.

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