This week is the British Lung Foundation’s annual Breathe Easy week, designed to raise awareness of lung conditions and raise money for research into lung disease.
Did you know: Poor air quality contributes to up to 40,000 early deaths a year across the UK.
Outdoor air quality is monitored and measured nationally by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and is described on a scale of 1-10 where 1 corresponds to ‘Low’ pollution and 10 corresponds to ‘Very High’ pollution using the Daily Air Quality Index (DAQI). Continue reading
For the estimated 10 million people in England that suffers from hay fever, pollen is a constant enemy throughout the summer months. Not content with ruining picnics and summer walks, pollen also infiltrates our homes and offices, causing misery indoors too.
Poor indoor air quality can trigger a host of allergies, wreaking havoc on your respiratory system, eyes, and nose. Not only can pollen, mould and dust adversely affect indoor air quality and cause allergic reactions, but certain cleaning chemicals and air fresheners contain pollutants such as VOCs, and other more serious pollutants such as carbon monoxide and asbestos can cause life threatening health implications. Continue reading
Did you know, the average person touches their mobile phone 85 times a day? They have become ubiquitous in modern life and we use them for an increasing number of activities: from setting your morning alarm to checking emails and booking taxis, they rarely leave our side (even in the bathroom).
It should not come as a surprise then that our mobile phones accumulate a lot of dirt and bacteria over the course of a day. By being repeatedly passed from your warm pocket, to your hands and then held next to your mouth, they become a prime vehicle for infection and often get overlooked. Not only that, but the nooks and crannies of your phone cover, and the heat the phone generates is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Continue reading