Article by Japheth (Jae) Pizarro

Photography by Japheth (Jae) Pizarro

Are we next? Are we living times when the pressure is simply too much to handle? Are we even ready for another major disruption of our daily lives and routines? These are all key questions that flooded my mind, upon hanging up the phone with my spouse. Here is why she called: For the third time this year, our son was sent home to quarantine, per CDC recommended guidelines, for 10-14 days. Someone else in his classroom has tested positive.

What exactly are we doing? Robotically, we place faith in suggested guidelines. We wear a mask when in public and keep 6 feet of social distance whenever possible. Yet, here we are AGAIN! We acknowledge (and frankly fear) that our son’s fate is in someone else’s hands. We understand the worst but pray to be spared every terror that comes with COVID-19. Question is, did the parents of the other children not follow the same guidelines? Did they meticulously care like we do? My heart tells me they did enough. But was it enough?

Here is another scenario: Today, we can sit down to eat at a restaurant or have an in-person meeting that “requires” a mask as long as you’re not eating, drinking, or sipping your beverage. Exposed.

The possibilities seem endless when it comes to ways to come in contact with it, but the reality sets in that no matter if we wear a mask or keep a safe social distance, the fact remains that most ignore one key precaution.

The air is dangerous for us to breathe, and next to nothing is being done to make it safe. It’s a reality that terrifies me. Am I alone in this? 

The American Lung Association champions healthy air for all to breathe. Clean air is essential for healthy lungs, so every day the ALA works to ensure that the air we breathe is clean and safe from harmful pollution by creating awareness of the risk and effects. They tout the importance of keeping the air clean in our three most frequented indoor environments:

●      Home – “The indoor air you breathe can be hazardous to your health without any telltale signs. Indoor air can be even more polluted than the air outdoors. Don't let the air in your home threaten your family's health, especially if someone in your family has asthma or another lung disease.”

●      Work – “Employees should be safe while on the job; that includes healthy air quality. Although laws and policies exist to protect workers, problems with air quality on the job are often overlooked. Breathing unhealthy air at work can be dangerous, but it's also preventable.”

●      School – “We all want our children to be safe. But there are some dangers, such as air pollution, that we simply can't see. Air pollution in the classroom affects how children learn and harm their growing lungs. It also causes health problems for faculty and staff."

Our American company Rexair, which translates to “King of the Air,” has worked since its inception in 1936 to separate dust and particles from the air, creating its legendary water-based filtration system to ensure safe, healthy air in homes, businesses, and school systems all over the world. Starting with my own home and family, I join the millions of healthy homes in our 85 years in addition to leading industrial organizations, NASA, leading health research Institutions, businesses, and public school systems all proudly and effectively using Rainbow-Fresh Air to keep their air clean safe and healthy.  

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