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Many of us know that air pollution is a growing public health emergency. Images of deadly smog that descend on cities all over the world, from Beijing to Delhi, Los Angeles to Seoul, are hard to ignore.

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This emergency shouldn’t be overlooked. Already, many initiatives are taken by global organizations to tackle this issue but more needs to be done. 9 out of 10 people are breathing polluted air and you shouldn’t feel safe either if you live in the countryside: some pollutants, like dust, PM2.5, …


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It is without a doubt that the food delivery industry has witnessed massive growth over the last few years, as people are using them more and more to save time going to, queuing for, and then coming home from restaurants.

According to a study by the National University of Singapore (NUS), when the air outside is bad, office workers are more likely to order food delivery than go out for lunch, which in turn increases plastic waste from food packaging.

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The study surveyed the lunch choices of 251 office workers repeatedly over time (each worker for 11 workdays) in three often smog-filled Chinese cities — Beijing, Shenyang and Shijiazhuang — between January and June 2018. To complement the office-worker survey, the researchers also accessed the 2016 Beijing order book of an online food delivery platform, which broadly represented all market segments served by the food delivery industry — collecting observational data on 3.5 …


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The U.S. CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), WHO (World Health Organization), and public health officials recommend wearing face masks to control the spread of COVID-19. People are now wearing many different types of face coverings, including bandanas, hand-sewn masks, and disposable medical masks. In many cases, mask choice is dependent on availability; people use what they have.

But how effective are each of these face coverings? Turns out, not all are equally effective at actually catching the respiratory droplets that may contain the virus.

Here is the list, from least effective to the most effective:

1. Neck gaiter

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Beloved by runners and cyclists, it ranks worse than no masks at all. The porous fabric may break the larger particles into smaller ones, but will still be inhaled by the user. Because they essentially aerosolize the wearer’s respiratory droplets, it doesn’t do a good job of blocking particles. …


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As of 14 September 2020, a total of over 7,500 fires have burned close to 3.5 million acres, more than 3% of the state’s roughly 100 million acres of land. This makes 2020 the largest wildfire season recorded in California’s history. The effects of this 1 month of destruction on nature and wildlife have been devastating.

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For more than 7 million people in California’s Bay Area living through this historic wildfires, it’s been hard to breathe for the past month. For 29 days, the state has been under a “Spare the Air” alert, which means inhaling outdoor air is extremely unsafe. …


In our previous article, we explored the key market drivers that support the growth of the air quality monitoring market. Here, we will examine some of the restraints and challenges, as well as the opportunities, of the market PiCO Home is in.

So, what are the key market restraints?

1. High product costs

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A typical air quality monitoring sensor assesses both indoor and outdoor air quality parameters, such as temperature, particulate matters, presence of gaseous compounds, humidity, and more. Detection of these requires the use of advanced technologies, which can be high-priced and further increased by device miniaturization.

The installation of a typical air quality monitoring system can costs up to USD$200,000, not including the maintenance cost. Industry-standard air quality device can cost thousands of dollars, while the cheap-end ones are not reliable in terms of accuracy and reliability. …


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PiCO Home in action.

Recent growth in the levels of harmful contaminants in the environment has intensified the need for air pollution monitoring and control. This is further alleviated by growing health implications and environmental damages resulting from rising air pollution worldwide.

In 2016, the global air quality monitoring market is estimated to be valued at USD$3.75B, growing at a CAGR of 8.5% to 2021. North America is expected to account for the largest share of 39.0%. The market is also fairly competitive, with a growing number of market players. Additionally, there is a growing appetite for power-efficient, easy-to-move, and accurate air quality monitoring products in the market. …


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We’re back with part two of 10 medical words about the respiratory system! These 10 words are crucial to our understanding of how our respiration works and how it relates to the air quality that we breathe, which is important.

  • Eupnea

In our respiratory system, eupnea refers to normal, good, natural breathing. It’s also known as quiet breathing or resting respiratory rate. Think of it as the breathing you do when you sleep. During eupnea, our body and mind are in a state of relaxation.

  • Dyspnea

Commonly known as shortness of breath, it is a breathing discomfort that causes chest tightness and air hunger (the feeling of not breathing enough oxygen). Dyspnea is common but can be dangerous if happens too frequently. 85% of cases happen due to asthma, pneumonia, lung disease, heart failure, panic attack, or anxiety. …


Like every pandemic, COVID-19 will come to an end. Not a question of if, but when. Rather than completely getting rid of it, as there is no vaccine available yet, the world has slowly learned to live with it.

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Dubai recently became the first country in the world to reopen its borders to tourism again, but with social distancing in mind. As long as you test negative for the COVID-19 test, you will not be required to quarantine for 14 days. Masks are mandatory, hotels rooms are sanitized, and restaurants and shops now measure your temperature before you can enter. …


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The allergy treatment market was valued at US$15.1 billion in 2019, and it is expected to reach US$21.8 billion by 2025, registering a CAGR of 6.30%. That is huge. The rising cases of allergies are expected to increase the demand for treatment in all types of allergic diseases, such as asthma, conjunctivitis, and more.

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Allergy is a condition in which the body immune system reacts abnormally to a foreign substance. It is very common and its treatment involves drug and therapies that help to reduce the symptoms or help our immune system better prepare for future encounters. Rhinitis, also known as hay fever, can affect up to 10~30% of adults and up to 40% of children globally. Rhinitis itself has a 6.37% CAGR, growing to US$16.1 billion in 2025. Asthma, on the other hand, affects as many as 339 million people worldwide. Asthma treatment market grows at 6.18% CAGR, expecting to reach US$2.7 …


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If you’re a respiratory specialist, chances are you know all these. They are crucial to our understanding of how our respiration works and how it relates to the air quality that we breathe, which is important.

  • Respiratory System

Our respiratory system is responsible for taking in oxygen and expelling carbon dioxide in our body. Through the network of organs and tissues, our lungs carry out this exchange of gases that we breathe. …

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