Earth Day 2022: How Harmful is Pollution to Human Health- Watch Video

Saumya JaiswarPublish Date: 22 Apr, 2022

Earth Day 2022: Earth Day is celebrated to acknowledge climate change and spread awareness about the same all around the world. This day is an opportunity to bring millions to connect and discuss problems like pollution, deforestation and more. 

In the earth series lets see how harmful pollution is for our environment and human health.

Impact of Poluution

High air pollution levels can cause immediate health problems including:

  • Aggravated cardiovascular and respiratory illness

  • Added stress to the heart and lungs, which must work harder to supply the body with oxygen

  • Damaged cells in the respiratory system

Long-term exposure to polluted air can have permanent health effects such as:

  • Accelerated ageing of the lungs
  • Loss of lung capacity and decreased lung function
  • Development of diseases such as asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, and possibly cancer
  • Shortened life span
Those most susceptible to severe health problems from air pollution are:
  • Individuals with heart disease, coronary artery disease or congestive heart failure
  • Individuals with lung diseases such as asthma, emphysema or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Pregnant women
  • Outdoor workers
  • Older adults and the elderly
  • Children under age 14
  • Athletes who exercise vigorously outdoors

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