How is Your Air Quality? (Do you have the Air Quality App?)
Posted Jan 23 2013 6:42pm
As of right now, Utah’s (my back yard) air quality is officially the worst in the nation. Combined with extreme cold, recommendations have been made for everyone, respiratory patients and non respiratory patients alike, to stay indoors. This makes it difficult for some people to participate in their regular activities. How is your air quality? Where are you from? And what would you do to stay active if you were limited to the great INdoors
Also, some respiratory patients are hyper sensitive, and changes in air quality can directly effect your lung function and activity levels. So, protect yourself, especially if you are “the sensitive type” Check the conditions, before leaving the bubble. Not surprisingly, there is “an app for that,” a couple of them, actually.
American Lung Associations APP
Despite continued improvements in improved air quality across the country, unhealthy levels of air pollution still exists across the nation. The American Lung Association has created a new State of the Air® smartphone application, a life-saving resource for people living with lung disease like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), people with heart disease or diabetes, as well as older adults and children.
The State of the Air® app enables users to enter their zip code or use the geo-locator functionality to get current and next-day air quality conditions. The app also provides levels of both ozone and particle pollution, and pushes out alerts if local air quality is code orange or worse. Depending on the severity of the day’s air pollution, the app will provide vital health recommendations – advising that outdoor activities should be rescheduled or that people who work outdoors should limit extended or heavy exertion.
This air quality information is based on data made available to the public by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The American Lung Association app is available for free download in the Apple and Android markets, or at www.lung.org/stateoftheairapp .