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Breathing Easier: The Impact of Air Quality on Health and Productivity

Air quality  is a crucial factor in our daily lives and can significantly impact our health, productivity, and overall well-being. Poor air quality can cause many health problems, from minor irritations like eye and nose irritation to more severe conditions like lung cancer and heart disease if things get serious.

Indoor air quality is particularly significant since we spend most of our time inside (around 90% of our time, according to Gaetano Settimo's study), whether at home or the workplace. Poor indoor air quality can lead to symptoms like headaches, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating, worsening existing health conditions such as asthma and allergies.

According to a study by R. Kosonen, poor indoor air quality can also affect productivity and cognitive function. People exposed to poor indoor air quality experienced a higher rate of productivity loss than those in a good air quality environment. Additionally, poor air quality can impact cognitive function, particularly in tasks that require complex problem-solving skills or in life-threating situations. Can you imagine the worst-case scenario of this loss of productivity and headache in the people controlling the skies on an Air Traffic Control room of an airport?

In conclusion, good air quality is essential for our health and productivity, both indoors and outdoors. Improving air quality can significantly benefit our well-being and life expectancy and make us feel good. By prioritising air quality, we can ensure that we remain healthy, productive, and able to enjoy our daily lives to the fullest.