Dr. Alan Abelsohn, a family physician in Toronto and epidemiologist with Health Canada, sat down with Scout Environmental to discuss air quality and its relationship to human health. In these new videos, he describes where air pollution comes from, how it affects cities and rural areas in different ways, the most common symptoms, as well as who among us is most vulnerable. Importantly, he also outlines a few simple things we can do to avoid poor air quality, and how the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) can help protect our health.
How do you usually feel when there is an increase in air pollution? If you can’t answer this question easily, then the Air Quality Health Index is the tool for you! On behalf of the Air Health Check campaign, and in partnership with Running Room and PharmaChoice, Scout has been engaging and educating Canadians about air quality and human health for the past five years.
We sat with Dr. Abelsohn last summer to cover the most important considerations about symptoms, risks, and mitigation strategies. You can watch them here, in this post, as well as on our YouTube channel and the Air Health Check site.
What makes for poor air quality? And why is clean air so vital for human health? In this video, Dr. Alan Abelsohn explains where air pollution comes from — and how using the Air Quality Health Index can help you stay happy, healthy, and active outdoors.
How do cities and rural areas experience air pollution in different ways? From industry to forest fires to vehicle emissions, polluted air can come from many sources. Additionally, there are many different types of air pollutants — some visible and some invisible to the naked eye. The pollutants of greatest importance to health are the gases and particles that contribute to cardiovascular and respiratory disease.
What are the most common symptoms of poor air quality? And who among us is most vulnerable to air pollution? Learn why checking the Air Quality Health Index is an especially good idea for seniors, kids, pregnant women, people with pre-existing health conditions (including pulmonary and respiratory illnesses, asthma and diabetes), and people who work or are physically active outdoors. But remember, even people from the general population can feel the negative health effects of air pollution.
In this video, Dr. Abelsohn outlines a number of strategies you can adopt today to feel better. These can involve changing your schedule and behaviour, using different household products, and, in particular, using either the web-based version of the AQHI or its free app counterpart, available on Android and iOS devices. Above all, remember to listen to your body, talk with your physician, and use common sense whenever air pollution comes to your town.
— Post by Scout’s Marketing Manager, Spencer Gordon