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  • Do not mistake winter allergies for colds

    Many people across the U.S. may find themselves suffering from illnesses or strange symptoms throughout the winter. Although most of these individuals will likely attribute things like itchy eyes, sneezing and congestion to the common cold, which runs rampant during the colder months, they could actually be suffering from winter allergies. 

    According to ABC News, allergies and colds share several symptoms, and it is easy to mistake one for the other. Both are often characterized by sneezing, as well as runny or stuffy noses. However, allergies will typically cause an individual to have itchy eyes and should not lead to things like a fever or general aches and pains. Those symptoms are indicative of a cold or flu, the news source reported. 

    Although there is no way to bypass winter allergies altogether, individuals can take steps to improve their comfort in their own homes. An easy way to do this is by investing in a professional-grade home air purifier. Models like the IQAir HealthPro Plus are capable of reducing the amount of irritants in the air, helping those suffering from allergies breathe easier when indoors. 

  • States focus on climate change, reducing pollution

    The effects of air pollution on health have been well documented, and recent reports about some of the more intense consequences have sent individuals searching for home air filters. Although investing in a medical-grade product like the IQAir GC MultiGas can get rid of many chemicals and pollutants, widespread and comprehensive actions are needed, which is why some states along the West Coast are striving for change. 

    Governors from California, Oregon and Washington recently met with the Canadian premier of British Columbia to talk about climate change and pollution. These leaders are aiming to reduce carbon pollution and greenhouse gas omissions in their respective regions while also emphasizing the adaptation of zero-emission vehicles. The hope is that these efforts will lessen the impact on the environment and improve the health of residents - a prospect that could save millions of dollars in the long run. 

    "Nearly 30,000 hospital admissions and ER visits could have been avoided over the two-year period, with resulting savings of about $193 million," the RAND Corporation reported, as quoted by The Washington Post. "Because public insurers such as Medicare and Medi-Cal paid most of the pollution health care bill, they have a lot to gain from cleaner air."  

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