With Covid-19 Rates Rising Adding an Air Purifier To Your Home is the Single Most Important Thing You Can Do to Improve Your Health

If you don’t have a home air filter, your lungs are the filter.

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The WHO factsheet on HAP and health states that 3.8 million premature deaths annually — including stroke, ischemic heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer are attributed to exposure to household air pollution.

INTRODUCTION

In the recently published analysis of the largest ever population based study on the distribution, causes and risk factors of a wide array of major diseases across the world, the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study, exposure to air pollution and particulate matter was globally ranked as one of the top 10 risk factors for disease.

1. EFFECTS OF OUTDOOR AIR POLLUTION

Several large studies suggest that pollutants exert significant effects on the cardiovascular system. It has been shown that for any increase in mortality caused by pollutants, two-thirds of the effect was accounted for by cardiovascular diseases.

2. INDOOR AIR POLLUTION

3. SIZE MATTERS

Particulate matter is subdivided into fractions based on where they deposit in human airways <10, <2.5, and <0.1 μm (PM10, PM2.5, and PM0.1).

Particles <10 μm in diameter are capable of entering the respiratory system, and particles <2.5 μm are capable of reaching the alveoli and ultrafine particles systemically affect the blood and organs such as the heart and even the brain.

4. FILTRATION OF INDOOR AIR

5. AIR FILTER EFFICACY

6. AIR FILTERS IMPROVE OVERALL HEALTH

Exposure to particulate matter is associated with risk of cardiovascular events, as a consequence of oxidative stress and inflammation.

SUMMARY

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I am a plant biologist with an MS from OSU and broad experience in data science, cell biology, genetics, genomics, and plant breeding.

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