23 Jun Who does Wood Smoke affect in particular?
Those who suffer from asthma, or who have asthmatic symptoms can be particularly affected by PM2.5, a fine particular present in smoke, particularly abundant when the wood is burning.
Dry conditions in the middle east, along with intense heat, make building fires and wood fires particularly common in densely populated areas. With the body already working to keep itself cool in these hot conditions, the addition of smoke particular can quickly cripple a person and cause long-lasting damage.
Fine particles can trigger heart attacks, strokes, irregular heart rhythms and even total heart failure – especially in individuals who are already at risk for these conditions.
One of the best ways of combating fine particular, apart from avoiding the presence of smoke altogether, is through the use of Air cleaners and Air filters in spaces which are air-conditioned.
Much of Saudi Arabia and the Middle East is appropriately air-conditioned to deal with the notable heat waves. Using a portable air cleaner and/or upgrading the air filter in your furnace or central heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system can help to improve indoor air quality.
As of 2023, many individuals are suffering from ‘Long-Covid’, including those across the Middle East. Essentially, this is where the body has not completely healed after contracting Covid-19.
These individuals too are increasingly likely to suffer as a result of fine particles such as PM2.5.
Find out more about how air filtration can keep you safe from wood fires.