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Three Steps to Ensure Your Family Is Not Susceptible to These Airborne Diseases

Mar 01, 2017

Airborne diseases are basically diseases and health issues that are caused by simply breathing in contaminated air. These contaminants could be anything from disease-causing pathogens to allergens that cause extreme physical reactions in the body.

Airborne diseases have become particularly rampant with increase in population and unchecked urbanisation. As per WHO, India registered an estimated 2.2 million cases of tuberculosis in 2015.


The alarming statistics of air pollution can leave you stunned. An estimated 1.5 million people in India die from diseases caused by air pollution alone. In fact, India records the highest death rate from chronic respiratory diseases or lung diseases. Remember the fog situation in Delhi during the winter of 2016? It was completely out of hand and took us all by surprise. The particulate matter in the air was almost 10 times the safe levels during this period. And things are not getting any better as pollution levels across our country continue to worsen.

Climate changes can result in unexpected changes in the quality of air you breathe

These examples should serve as a reminder to all of us to take the risk of airborne diseases seriously. If you’re feeling helpless about the whole situation, remember that there are precautions you can take—steps that you can take to protect yourself and your family from deadly diseases like tuberculosis, influenza or flu, measles, H1N1 flu and various other types of allergies caused by pollen, dust, etc.

Invest in an air purifier

Top on the list of precautions is an air purifier. We all know that keeping windows and doors shut does nothing to keep the pollutants in the air from getting indoors. So, our best bet is to purify the air we breathe in. You may not have a lot of control over what you breathe in when you are outdoors, but when you are at home or the office, you can take control by installing an air purifier.

The Livpure Smart O2 580 is a great example of a good-quality air purifier. This all-in-one air purifier can get rid of bacteria, smoke, dust, and pollen. It can even remove harmful chemicals, such as formaldehyde, present in the air.

The many levels of filtration make Livpure Smart O2 580 especially effective. The air purifier sucks in air from its surroundings and first passes it through a pre-filter (this removes large particles and particulate pollutants from the air. Then comes the HEPA filter or High-Efficiency Particulate Air filter that is capable of capturing minute particles such as microbes and fungal spores. This filter can capture particles as small as 0.1 microns. The activated carbon filter is responsible for removing toxins and odour from the air by absorbing harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde. This makes the indoor environment suitable for everyone—asthmatics, babies and the elderly. A cold catalyst filter further removes harmful gases and volatile organic compounds released by paints, varnishes, furnishings, perfume, etc. Lastly, a molecular sieve filter, consisting of extremely small pores, traps adsorbed substances and harmful gases.

Get yourself and your family vaccinated

While vaccination against common cold (arguably the most common form of airborne disease caused by pathogens) is not effective, more serious diseases can be prevented by yearly or lifetime vaccinations. Serious illnesses such as diphtheria, meningitis, tuberculosis, hepatitis, influenza, measles, chickenpox, etc. can be prevented with vaccinations.

Never hesitate to get your child vaccinated with the fear of adverse reactions. Vaccination is not bad for children—there’s proof to support this. For further details, there’s no one better than your doctor you can consult.


Wear a mask

Certain health problems cannot be solved with vaccination—pollen allergy and allergies caused by dust, tobacco smoke and mold among other things are classic examples. Wearing a mask can be effective against pollen and dust-induced allergies. You can also wear a mask to protect yourself from certain disease-causing bacteria and pathogens. Masks also do a decent job when it comes to providing protection against pollution.

To learn more about how you can make the air you breathe indoors cleaner, visit livpure.in.

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