Upcoming Event: PA League of Women Voters, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health Host Nov. 15-16 Shale Gas & Public Health Conference
The PA League of Women Voters and the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health will hold their 10th Annual Shale Gas and Public Health Conference November 15-16.
This online Conference will feature a synthesis of 10 years of research on shale gas development and its impacts on public health as well as presentations on the latest study results by researchers.
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Trap It, Don't Kill It: Beware of Additive Air Purifier Claims
Not all portable air cleaners work equally well. While a high-quality air cleaner can significantly reduce indoor particle pollution including viruses, beware of promises to do anything more than filter your air. This comprehensive article from Mother Jones (https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2021/05/air-purifier-covid-asthma-unproven-science-coronavirus-ionization/) describes the range of air cleaners available and addresses the limitations of some popular types of air cleaners. With the advent of COVID and the desire for "purified" air in homes, stores, offices, and schools, many manufacturers have made claims about the efficacy of their products to reduce viruses or particles. Some of these claims are legitimate. Simple air cleaners remove particles—including viruses—by collection in filter media. However, the makers of “additive” air cleaners claim to offer additional benefits by injecting the passing air with ozone or ions. In theory, this could result in better collection efficiency for the targeted pollutants. But whether these types of air cleaners actually work in a real home or school setting—and whether the injection of additives might contribute to the formation of harmful pollutants—is open to debate. It is difficult to find third-party, objective research on additive air cleaners among the publicity originating from manufacturers.
This doesn't mean that you should avoid using portable air cleaners. Quite the opposite! It is well known—and has been shown in ROCIS results—that standard filtration will reduce the number of particles in your home. ROCIS has seen reductions up to 90% with certain technologies! The Mother Jones article above discusses some of the questions and conundrums related to additive air cleaners, making a strong case for sticking with the conventional HEPA-filtration air cleaners to reduce particles and viruses.
Learn More About Carbon Monoxide
As we move into winter, windows are closing up and more combustion devices are in use—that can mean increased levels of carbon monoxide in the home. Learn about health effects, symptoms, and sources of CO exposure (as well as the selection of CO alarms) in this informative ROCIS video. Don't forget, an added benefit of joining Cohort 53 is that you will be able to use our CO monitor this winter.
Watch here: https://youtu.be/2DmiGpSN8SQ