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Air pollution is now a leading cause of death around the world

Air pollution is now a leading cause of death around the world

Smog filled skies, polluting factories, and the emissions of thousands of cars crowding the freeways have all taken a toll on our air quality. An estimate 92% of the world live in places with dangerous amounts of air pollution. No one is immune, rich or poor, old or young.

We all know that air pollution can cause problems such as asthma and other lung diseases, but what may surprise you to learn is that it can also attack our cardiovascular system. Man made air pollution specifically can cause increased risk of heart attack and stroke, and may also cause problems to infants before they are even born in the form of preterm births.

In one landmark study, it was estimated by researchers that as much as 8.2 million deaths are caused by air pollution itself, more than the number of deaths caused by AIDS, war, and even smoking tobacco products.India has some of the worst air quality in the world. 21 of the 30 worst cities for air pollution are all in India. 6 of those cities made the top 10. Air pollution has gotten so bad in the past that New Delhi declared a state of emergency over air quality in November of 2019.

The local government has made efforts to control air pollution, but these attempts have so far been unsuccessful. Local efforts to limit smog are ineffective due to pollution rolling in from other areas, mainly farm land where farmers burn fields to get rid of stubble from the previous year. The pollution is so bad, 2 million of the 8.2 reported deaths from air pollution are in India.     

Until a united effort is made to limit air pollution, these numbers will continue to rise. This is an especially painful realization if you live in an area with high pollution, but there are things you can do on a personal level to avoid inhaling dangerous particulates.

1.Keep windows and doors closed

When air quality is bad, letting more smoke and exhaust into your home makes little sense.Instead, keep your house sealed as tightly as possible when home. If you have air conditioning or a HEPA filter, use them to help purify the air inside your home instead. When looking at filters, look for STATCELL technology.

STATCELL provides an additional layer of protection that helps remove even fine particulates. A filter with STATCELL technology can remove 40% more germs, viruses, and air pollutants compared to standard filters.

2.Limit outdoor time
    Although spending time outdoors is important, it's not a good idea during periods of heavy pollution. Stay indoors as much as possible when air pollution is at its worst.

    3.Consider getting an air purifier for your car

      If you have a long commute, an air purifier for your car may be one of the best options for your health. Some people spend as much as 2 or even more hours in the car for their commute, meaning they are exposed to air pollution even longer than average. An air purifier for the car can make a big difference in your overall health.
      If you do choose to use an air purifier for your car, look for an air purifier that has been performance tested. Many companies fail to test their products to make sure they work as they should, and you could still be breathing fine particles without knowing it. REFFAIR tests all of its products to ensure that they perform as expected, with top quality results.
      Air pollution is deadly, but there are still steps you can take as an individual to stay safe. We need to breathe in order to survive, and making sure that air is pure and fresh is vital to our health and well being.

      References:
      https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/air-pollution-may-be-a-leading-global-cause-of-death
      https://www.who.int/airpollution/news-and-events/how-air-pollution-is-destroying-our-health
      https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/26/climate/epa-coronavirus-pollution rules.html
      https://blog.doctorondemand.com/staying-safe-with-bad-air-quality-84e790870c61
      https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/jobs/indians-spend-7-of-their-day-getting-to-their-office/articleshow/70954228.cms
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