"Indoor and outdoor air pollution are leading threats
to human health (World Health Organization, 2006 a,
p.87). Air pollution produced by natural or human-
caused release of harmful contaminants into the
atmosphere (World Health Organization, 2014).
Air pollution is a global issue, affecting individuals
across all countries and socioeconomic groups
(World Health Organization, 2016a)."
As news about the Corona Virus spreads around the globe, be aware that indoor and outdoor air are just as important. Air pollution is real. If you take the time to read and study the World Health Organization studies and results, you will gain insights and knowledge about how to take care of your health.
As people begin to spend more and more time indoors, they will be more exposed to more cooking odors, household products, dust, pet dander, dampness, mold, and potential toxic cleaning odors and fumes. Any Real Estate Agent that lists and shows properties to potential clients knows that when there is a vacant house, it's only a matter of time when you begin to notice foul odors within, even when nobody lives there.
WHO Guildelines puts out information to the public. "These guidelines recommendations for reducing health risks from exposure to ambient emissions of gases and chemicals that may infiltrate and collect indoors, as well as from chemicals that may be used in building materials or furnishings that contribute to indoor air pollution."
An airtight environment has risks. What should you do? Open your windows. Let fresh air inside. Keep your house clean and fragrant free. Sanitize safely. Purchase houseplants!!! NASA Studies indicate 2 houseplants per 100 square feet of space can help substantially. Discard spoiled food and expired food products safely. Check your pantry! The food inside your refrigerator and freezer. Read the labels on cleaning products and read to understand what chemicals are being used and question whether or not you want to use them?
Health Topics are in large quantities through WHO. Per the articles in the WHO link, "Household air pollution causes noncommunicable diseases including stroke, ischaemic heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer." Caregivers and patients need extra care. This is not just about the elderly - all lives matter. As reported in local news in Collin County Update Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Texas, as of 3/19, there have been 13 confirmed positive cases and one death. Positive cases include:
- A Frisco man in his late 30s with no underlying health conditions.
- The wife and a three-year old child of the Frisco man.
- A 35 year old McKinney man with no underlying conditions.
- A 40 year old Frisco woman with no underlying health conditions
- A 32 year old Frisco man with no underlying health conditions
- A 32 year old Plano woman with no underlying health conditions
- A 64 year old Plano man with complications from underlying medical conditions died in a local hospital on March 17
- A 39 year old McKinney man with no underlying health conditions
- A 38 year old Plano man with no underlying health conditions
- A 54 year old Anna man with no underlying health conditions
Further reports on other local cities throughout Texas are not included in this blog post. Everyone, not just people over 60 are at risk. I would like to say, don't worry, wash your hands, and get on with your life, but I can't. The epidemic is real.