Published On: Mon, Jun 6th, 2016

Staying indoors can boost respiratory diseases



Most of the times it is said that taking care while going out is very important because of the widespread pollution, but some studies have revealed that 34 percent of the people who spend a lot of their time staying indoors, such as in offices and at homes have a variety of kinds of respiratory diseases for the reason that air pollution is also present in indoor.

A survey has organized by Artemis hospital, which stated that 82 percent of the offices in the national capital have unhealthy air quality.

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The research study has revealed that women and children were mainly at risk. Bad indoor air quality can be a reason for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) amid women and intensify asthma symptoms amid children. Furthermore, the research study added that “Unhealthy indoor air is also found to increase chances of developing Pneumonia in children.”

Himanshu Garg, who is the Head of Department, Respiratory and Critical Care, Artemis Hospitals, stated that “Generally, we give more importance to outdoor air pollution, but we should be aware of both outdoor as well as indoor air pollution. Considering a number of time people spend breathing indoor air, it is important to keep a check on the indoor air quality,” Garg led the survey.

The survey was completed under the plan of Clean Air India Movement (CLAIM) — one of the major plans on lifting up awareness across the health risks of air pollution. Furthermore, the Survey was organized on 1,500 people from offices and houses crosswise Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida having a standard age of 39 years.

Raj Kumar, who is Head of Respiratory Allergy & Applied Immunology department at Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute, further added that “Indoor air quality is equally or more dangerous than outdoor air pollution. Since we spend more time indoors, naturally the risk associated with indoor air is more,”

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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.