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.
What are some easy and practical steps that can help improve overall indoor wellness at home?
When it comes to your homes, measures can be taken to ensure that an optimum indoor air quality is achieved. For a start, it is recommended that the most often used spaces like the living room and bedroom, are cleaned at least twice a week. For families with pets, daily vacuuming is recommended as there are allergens which are invisible to the naked eye. Bedrooms should also be ventilated daily by opening windows and using air purifiers and fans. Bathrooms, on the other hand, require regular servicing and plumbing to ensure that there are no unnecessary water leakages. As for the kitchen, use a smoke or exhaust fan for better ventilation.
Additionally, it is important to wipe down and clean all cooking utensils after each use. This is because microscopic particles can easily get trapped in the air. Ultimately, indoor wellness is a key factor that plays into one’s overall health and wellness. Hence, we need to start viewing wellness as a lifelong process where we make informed decisions about our lifestyle behaviours.
For more information, refer to the Indoor Wellness Guideline.