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The surprising link between poor air quality and health issues
By: Healthy Air
Investigating the source of the problem and how to tackle it is of upmost importance.
What makes poor air quality?
"Air pollution is caused by various factors and comes in different forms, meaning it is not a simple problem, and we can all be affected in different ways," says Dr Chunli Cao, Managing Director of Healthy Air Technology (https://healthyairtech.com/)
With household air pollution, motor vehicle pollution, industrial pollution and more, the consequences come in the form of carbon monoxide, ozone, nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, and particulate matter.
The detrimental effects of air quality on our health
"Air pollution can affect different groups to varying extents," says Chunli.
Children, pregnant women, elderly, individuals with respiratory diseases or issues, and those in areas of higher pollution are more at risk of suffering the consequences of poor air quality.
Air pollution can cause a variety of health problems, including cases of heart disease, strokes, and respiratory diseases like asthma.
There are short and long-term effects, where in the short-term, health impacts may include asthma and general damage to lungs and respiratory abilities.
Air pollution can also cause problems with cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, as well as being discovered to cause cases of lung cancer.
How to tackle the dangers of poor air quality
Going forward, fighting the effects of poor air quality should be a priority. This can be done in the form of prevention, as well as reaction.
"Councils can put measures in place to combat air pollution issues. With investments to improve public transport and reduce air pollution caused by traffic, as well as plans to encourage cycle routes, reducing air pollution should be encouraged for everyone," says Chunli.
Going beyond this, putting efforts into raising awareness about the consequences of poor air quality should be considered. Councils could actively enforce education on what causes poor air quality, the problems that arise from it, and the available solutions.
Focussing efforts on indoor air quality is also important, such as with the use of air purifiers (https://healthyairtech.com/
"Air purifiers are extremely effective. If businesses and individuals put measures in place themselves, our health should be less at risk – and air purification systems are key to improving indoor air quality directly," says Chunli.
To find out more about Healthy Air Technology and the work it does, get in touch (https://healthyairtech.com/