Millions of people face higher risks associated with air pollution. Sensitive groups of people are more likely than the general public to be affected by the negative health effects of air pollution especially on yellow or orange days..
Sensitive Groups Include
Children are more sensitive to air pollution as their respiratory systems are still developing after birth and they inhale more air per pound of body weight.
Older adults have higher prevalence of diseases that put them at risk such as chronic bronchitis, asthma, heart disease and diabetes. As one ages, there is also a gradual decline in physiological processes that can make you more sensitive to air pollutants.
People with asthma and COPD
According to the CDC, prevalence of asthma has increased 74% since 1980, increasing the number of individuals that are sensitive to air pollution.
People with Heart Disease and Diabetes
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S with 1 in 3 deaths occurring from heart disease and stroke. While there are many factors that contribute to heart disease, there is a growing body of evidence suggesting a link between air pollution and heart disease. In 2004, the American Heart Association issued a scientific statement concluding that exposure to air pollution contributes to cardiovascular illness and mortality.
People that work or exercise outdoors
Those that work or exercise outdoors tend to breathe more deeply and rapidly allowing more air pollution into the lungs. They are more likely to experience respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath on poor air quality days. Anyone who exercises outdoors should pay close attention to the AQI.
Metro East Community Air Project
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Collinsville, IL 62234