Poor Indoor Air Quality on the Rise in Coronavirus Era
As coronavirus measures continue to keep people confined to homes and buildings, the consequences of poor indoor air quality for human health and performance are grave.
Scientific American has published a report documenting just how poor indoor air quality can compromise your mental and physical health. https://bit.ly/3gGpvTw
1. CareTac partner Airthings reported that its monitors in more than 1,000 homes across Europe saw increases of 15 to 30 percent in CO2 and volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
2. Cooking and cleaning are major factors in the contamination of indoor air.
3. Certain kinds of cooking, such as roasting, can emit 250 micrograms of fine particle matter per m3 of air. This is an incredibly high level that is on par with some of the world's most polluted cities.
4. Spending an extra hour per day cooking can increase fine-particle exposure by 19 percent.
5. Over half of VOCs emitted in a room can be from humans themselves.
6. CO2 at 550 to 945 parts per million can lead to a 15% decrease in decision-making capabilities. These levels are commonly found, especially in buildings with poor ventilation, tightly sealed spaces, and dense occupancy.