We all know how bad the air quality gets in cities, and the same thing happens with air in homes. Most buildings just don’t look great the way they once did for a variety of reasons, and it can be a very depressing feeling to know the air quality isn’t as good as you once thought it was.
In India, this is called “the haze”, and it’s a major problem. Because of this, governments are starting to spend more of their time and budget on air pollution control, and this is good news for consumers. But because the government is investing so much money into this, the problem is not solved: there are still a lot of people who don’t have air conditioning and live in homes that arent air conditioned.
Although the haze is worse in India, it is still the most common cause of death in the country. As many as half of all deaths in India are caused by air pollution. Some people are just unlucky because the air can get so thick you cant see the ground. Its also a problem in the UK, Australia, and other places with a lot of people in warm climates.
To be fair, it is a problem for everyone. There are no laws against indoor air pollution, and the government of India is trying to get the WHO to regulate it. But the government has spent millions of rupees to encourage air conditioning in houses, which is very expensive and not the answer to everyone’s problem.
So what do you do? Well, you take the stairs to the bathroom, which means youre in the air a lot. Or you put the air conditioner on high to get the best air circulation, which means youre in the air a lot. Or you go for a walk to clear the air, which means youre in the air a lot. Or you take a walk while you still have a bit of air to breathe. And, of course, you also wear a mask.
While this is the least optimal solution, this one might actually work. In India, where it is illegal to take air from outside, you can often buy air from your local grocery store. So you can theoretically buy a mask that is made just for that purpose, which is a useful thing to have in a country where it’s illegal to breathe outside.
The problem with this situation, though, is that the mask is not only uncomfortable when you wear it, but you need to constantly take it off. And since the mask is made of plastic, it is also not as effective as a real mask. The best solution here is to purchase a real mask that you can use while you are on your feet.
Not to be outdone, Pune’s own Palampur Industries is making a mask out of the same material as the palampur mask, but with the ability to breathe through your nose. It will cost you $15 and is supposed to be available in a few weeks.
I’m sure you’ve seen the video of Palampur Industries’ new mask, but it’s a little different from the others. The palampur mask is made of plastic, which makes it less comfortable to wear. And while it has a nasal passage, this doesn’t help with the breathing problem. It may sound counterintuitive, but it’s the best solution.
Palampur Industries is a private biotechnology firm that makes masks for use in combat, which is why this mask was originally requested for the mask competition. And I’m not saying it’s perfect for use in combat, but from what I’ve gathered, if you put a mask on and then breathe through that, you’ll feel better.