Most people understand that inhaling smoke is not good for our health. Nevertheless, how aware are people of the different ways smoke from a fire can cause significant bodily harm, both in the short and long term?
As the demand for manufactured goods, new infrastructure and forms of transportation increases, so does the scale of damage to our environment. Our day-to-day activities continue to compound existing forms of pollution, as numb as we have become to it. But one type of pollution is particularly vicious given the fact that it’s mostly invisible: air pollution. Reportedly, exposure to outdoor air pollution is responsible for over 4 million deaths each year...
What scientists are learning is that pretty much everyone, everywhere is breathing polluted air, to varying degrees. The challenging part of this, is how to communicate this danger to the global population; how can we really know how bad the air we are breathing actually is? Unlike cigarettes, air pollution doesn’t come with a warning label or a distinct odor. Normally, there are no signs that we are inhaling poor air until years down the line. We don’t have control over the air we breathe.
As most of us know by now, masks can become uncomfortable very quickly. Foggy glasses, pulling on ears, irritated skin and lack of breathability are just some of the discomforts we experience while wearing face masks for any length of time. Finding a great face mask will become a travel essential for those wanting to fly as comfortably as possible. Here is our list of the 4 most important things to look for in a travel mask
Are anti-pollution masks effective in reducing or preventing the harmful effects of air pollution? Any face mask's ability to limit exposure depends on the type of pollutant, the mask itself and how it’s used. This article will explore why we should be informed about the air quality around us, how air pollutants can effect our health and how to chose the best face mask to protect yourself.
It’s easy to recognise when food is mouldy or when water is dirty but when it comes to the air we breathe how can we really tell how clean it is? The average person takes around 20,000 breaths per day and all that we inhale travels into our body through the respiratory tract, entering our lungs and eventually our bloodstream.
Caring for the planet and the people on it is at the very heart of AusAir. We were founded on the simple belief that everyone deserves to breathe safe air. We want to be the best in the world, whilst being the best for the world.
18 million hectares of bushland were destroyed during the Australian Wildfires of 2019. The resulting smoke plume spanned an area of 1.3 billion acres, which roughly equates to the size of the 11 largest US states combined. According to the UN World Meteorological Organisation the smoke plume from the Australian Wildfires reached South America and Antarctica. The size and scale of this wildfire event is barely imaginable.
Polluted air is a global health crisis. Every minute ten adults die prematurely because of dirty air inhaled over their lifetime. The five million deaths annually attributed to air pollution is larger than the annual death toll from war, murder, car accidents, plane crashes, malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and Ebola combined. Breathing clean air, with complete peace of mind should be a fundamental right for all persons.
“We don’t want people to think that just any piece of cloth is good enough and have a false sense of security.”
These were the words of Dr. Scott Segal, chair of anaesthesiology atWake Forest Baptist Health, a leading US medical education and research, when discussing the effectiveness of cloth masks in the fight against the global pandemic we are currently facing.
So, you are looking at getting yourself a face mask? Good Call.
2020 has demonstrated that protecting yourself from exposure to harmful particulate matter is now a necessity in today’s world. From the bushfires smoke that engulfedAustraliaandCalifornia, and soaring pollution levels inDelhiand Lahore, to the Covid-19 global pandemic, it is clear; face coverings are here to stay. Let’s cut through the noise and discover the best mask to choose, according to science.
Air pollution is the silent killer that we are not talking about, it’s time we stopped taking the air we breathe for granted. We must become empowered and informed around the dangers of air pollution and the measures we as individuals can take in order to stay safe.