Recently collected data indicates that, in addition to causing many major health problems, air pollution is responsible for the deaths of approximately 2 million people each year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The information was collected from almost 1,100 cities located in 91 separate countries across the world.
PM10 particles, or air particles that are 10 micrometers in size or less, can be found in both indoor and outdoor air and are breathed in through the lungs, where they are able to penetrate the tissue and move into the bloodstream. Toxic particles have been associated with asthma, some cancers, heart and respiratory diseases and even premature births. Some of the leading hazardous materials that release these harmful particles into the air include auto emissions, biological pollutants, paint fumes, pesticides, secondhand smoke and many more.
While it may be difficult to escape the hazards of air pollution, there are some steps you can take to reduce your risk of exposure. First, make sure that you never leave your car idling, as this introduces unhealthy emissions into the air. Second, make sure that you protect yourself when traveling through high-pollution areas by rolling up your car windows and using the air filter in your vehicle. Finally, make sure that your home and office, as well as any place in which you frequently spend time, is protected by investing in an air purifier. Medical-grade air purifiers can reduce the amount of airborne pollutant particles in an enclosed space by as much as 99 percent.