Why Indoor Air Quality Is Essential During Coronovirus Pandemic

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At this point of time, everyone is aware of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), from how it spreads to ways to prevent it. As stated in The World Economic Forum, confirmed cases of COVID-19 have passed 183.7 million globally, according to Johns Hopkins University. The number of confirmed deaths stands at more than 3.97 million. More than 3.19 billion vaccination doses have been administered globally, according to Our World in Data.

Long before COVID-19, air pollution and poor indoor air quality were associated with increased rates of sickness and mortality. The same tendency holds true for COVID-19, according to new research released by Harvard University. Over the course of a lifetime of exposure to particulate matter, even a one-gram/m3 rise in concentration results in a 15% increase in mortality.

Since cases arise which are now reported to be almost 10,000+ new cases in Malaysia. Though it is reported recently in Malay Mail, as per The Ministry of Health (MoH),Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah expects the country’s daily Covid-19 cases to stabilise and show a decline in the next one to two weeks’ time, more and more people may self-quarantine or stay home to prevent contact with possible carriers. Furthermore, in Malaysia, some neighbourhoods need social separation, and many people spend the majority of their day indoors. Choosing these can help stop the disease from spreading, but may affect your indoor air quality.

As a result, many are hurrying to buy up disinfection sprays and wipes. This is an excellent means of reducing the spread of disease, but has some concerns when not administered properly. Disinfectants release VOCs, which weakens the immune system. This  COVID-19 defence is likened to a hockey team playing defensively with just half of the players on the ground.🤷‍♀️

Now, you might be wondering what are the other common indoor pollutants that can harm our health? Here are the common indoor air pollutants that we should be aware of:

  • Particulates
  • Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS)
  • Dust
  • Biological Agents
  • Spores
  • Molds
  • Parasites
  • Hazardous Substances
  • Formaldehyde
  • Volatile organic compounds
  • Pesticides
  • CO2
  • CO

People with respiratory problems and older persons are most vulnerable to acquiring serious respiratory diseases from the novel coronavirus. Symptom flare ups could increase your risk of contracting the new coronavirus or another illness, such the flu. Good indoor air quality is absolutely essential during this latest coronavirus outbreak.

To make it simple, you are spending most of your time indoor now and looking at the cases in our country, it’s going to be like this for sometime so this leads to increase of air pollution or poor indoor air quality for instance, the increase of carbon dioxide, dust, the VOCs from all of the disinfectants and cleaning agents and many more. Hence why, improving your indoor air quality during this Coronavirus Pandemic is essential and we have a lot to share with you on how you can maintain good indoor air quality so don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll be notified once that blog is up!

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