Many groups are especially susceptible to the health effects of indoor pollution. These include infants and the elderly, those with heart and lung diseases, people with asthma, and individuals who have developed extreme sensitivity to chemicals. Unfortunately, these are the people who often spend the most time indoors.
The effects of indoor air pollution are vast in America:
- It is estimated that over 15 million Americas including one in 13 school-age children have asthma.
- Over 28 million Americans suffer from allergies such as hay fever.
- The number of people with asthma has gone up almost 60% in the last 30 years.
- Kids inhale 50% more air per pound of body weight than adults. This is because they breathe faster, and it causes them to be especially sensitive to the effects of indoor air pollution.
- Asthma related illness accounts for around $6.2 billion per year in America.
- An estimated 1.8 million people that suffer from asthma require emergency room treatment each year, resulting in about 500,000 hospitalizations.
- Kids under 18 years of age make up 47.8% of the emergency room visits and 34.6% of the hospitalizations due to asthma attacks.
- Asthma accounts for more hospitalizations in kids than any other chronic ailment.
- Asthma causes more school absences than any other chronic ailment.
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