Category: Pollution

How Does Air Pollution Affect Your Brain

he Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that the concentration of pollutants indoors can be two to five times higher than outdoors. And since it’s estimated that Americans spend about 90 percent of their time indoors, it’s important the air you’re breathing is as clean as possible.

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6 Shocking Facts About Air Pollution

According to the “State of the Air” 2021 report from the American Lung Association, four out of ten Americans live in counties with unhealthy levels of air pollution. That’s roughly 135 million people living in areas that have extremely high levels of either ozone or particle pollution. Nearly 20 million of Americans live in counties that have high levels of both.

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Are Air Quality Monitors Worth It?

To answer that question, it’s important to understand how air quality monitors work. The devices monitor air quality by using different sensors, but often the sensors are cheaply made and inaccurate. It’s easy to make a sensor; it is costly to make a well-calibrated one. So, depending on the one you buy, your data can be questionable.

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What Is The Air Quality Index?

The AQI is broken down into color-coded categories. Each category represents a different level of concern and comes with an explanation about the air quality for a particular area. The AQI also indicates who may be affected and ways you can cut down on your exposure to air pollutions.

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How Does Air Pollution Affect Babies and Children?

Babies and children are more at risk for indoor air pollution because the body’s defense to fight off infections is also not fully developed until the child comes into adulthood. This is one reason children have more respiratory infections than adults do and why they struggle with air pollution more than adults.

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