Now that we're spending almost all of our hours at home due to the Movement Control Order aimed at flattening the curve of the Covid-19 pandemic, it's best to know more about indoor pollution and what we can do to keep our homes safe and clean. We spoke to the Malaysian Soceity of Allergy and Immunology (MSAI) president Dr Amir Hamzah Abdul Latiff and Nippon Paint Malaysia group general manager, Gladys Goh on this topic, and here's what they told us.
How long does a Malaysian spend indoors on average?
People reportedly spend up to 90% of their time indoors. When it comes to children, a Nippon Paint research shows that 70% parents said that their children spend between 8 – 20 hours indoors daily. Most people perceive staying indoors as healthier than being exposed to the air outside. This perception is inaccurate as the negative effects of indoor pollution are often invisible to the naked eye. Furthermore, indoor air pollution is actually two to five times worse than outdoor air pollution. In fact, indoor air pollution causes more than 50% of premature deaths due to pneumonia among children under 5.