CA Wildfires and Air Purifiers For weeks now, the western United States has been battling a record-breaking wildfire season. Uncontained wildfires are wreaking havoc, having already destroyed more than 3,000 homes and killed over a dozen people. In Oregon, the wildfires have driven over half a million people from their homes and are advancing on the densely populated suburbs of Portland and Salem.
Even though it’s less common than it used to be, there are still plenty of people who smoke. Smoke (or vaped) particles impact outdoor and indoor air quality. Particles from combustible cigarettes or vape pens can fill the air with toxic gaseous pollutants. Ash particles don’t just dissolve into the air: they cling to clothes and hair and are recirculated and inhaled by other people.
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People are spending more time indoors and at home. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues in varying degrees worldwide and locally, indoor air quality (IAQ) is important to keep in mind. Families are together in an enclosed space for most of the hours of the day and night. How good is the air you’re breathing?
Quirky rug: check. Coordinated bedspread: check. Picture frames and lamps: check. There’s one more must-have as your student heads back to school for the fall semester. A portable room air purifier.
School’s out for the summer! And not all of us are just looking forward to fun-in-the-sun and summer living. Most people are dreaming of hazy lazy days, boat trips and hiking. But if you suffer from allergies, you know that this season could mean more blooms, more pollen and more windswept irritants. Knowing the outdoor air quality before you venture out could be hugely beneficial as you make daily summer plans.
Rest. Real, deep, REM. The kind that has you waking up refreshed and ready to face the day. Sound like a distant memory? If you aren’t getting the right kind of sleep, it can negatively impact your mood and mindset. Poor sleep can lead to all kinds of health issues. Plus, it’s deeply frustrating.
Now more than ever, COVID-19 has motivated families nationwide to be diligent about hygiene, take supplements, get more sleep and do other immune-boosting activities. Being immuno-compromised puts you at greater risk for illnesses like the coronavirus. You can keep your immune system strong by paying attention to what you put in your body and what is around your body. In other words, your environment not only exposes you to germs but can support your ability to fight disease.
This week the World Health Organization labeled COVID-19 a global pandemic. There are many things we don’t know and a few things that medical professionals and officials do know. For people who are uniquely at risk, this virus is of even greater concern.