Poor Indoor Air Quality Impacts Your Health AND Your Thinking!

Infographic of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Study

Poor indoor air quality has detrimental effects on many areas of your health including your ability to think clearly. People who work in well-ventilated offices with below-average levels of indoor pollutants and carbon dioxide (CO2) have significantly higher cognitive functioning scores—in crucial areas such as responding to a crisis or developing strategy—than those who work in offices with typical levels, according to a new study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Center for Health and the Global Environment, SUNY Upstate Medical University, and Syracuse University.

We spend 90% of our time indoors yet indoor environmental quality and its impact on health and productivity are often an afterthought,” said Joseph Allen, assistant professor of exposure assessment science, director of the Healthy Buildings Program at the Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment, and lead author of a recent study on the impact of indoor air quality on cognitive function. “These results suggest that even modest improvements to indoor environmental quality may have a profound impact on the decision-making performance of workers.”

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Read the Harvard School of Public Health press release with link to full study.