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Delhi’s air quality: US Embassy gives air purifiers to staff!

DELHI

Suffering from a fever, sore throat or runny nose? The chances are it may not just be the nasty cold or flu bug you fear, but also the result of the severe air pollution that plagues many of India’s big cities.

In Delhi, the U.S. Embassy, which monitors air quality around the embassy buildings and issues daily updates, became so concerned about the high levels of air pollution that prior to the recent arrival of President Barrack Obama it purchased over 1,800 high-performance portable Blueair indoor air purifiers to protect employees at the embassy and other locations.

On Tuesday this week, the American embassy’s monitoring station recorded an Air Quality Index reading of 222, a level the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) describes as ‘very unhealthy’. The EPA says such air pollution levels can cause “significant aggravation of heart or lung disease and… a significant increase in respiratory effects in the general population.”
Commenting on the decision by the U.S. Embassy to buy such a large number of Blueair indoor air purifiers, the company’s founder and CEO Mr Bengt Rittri, said: “The order confirms Blueair’s position as the ‘air purifier of choice’ when it comes to protecting U.S. government employees and their families from health and wellbeing threats posed by polluted indoor air”.

A vast array of international institutions, government agencies and corporations already use Blueair air purifiers, which have had their efficiency endorsed by the U.S. Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, AHAM, and the official Shanghai consumer agency. In November 2013, Blueair recently won an order to supply thousands of its premium air purifiers to U.S. Embassy offices across China.

American Fast Company Magazine recently described a Blueair air purifier equipped with a Smokestop filter as “the best at cleaning air as quickly as possible” after an exhaustive, independent test of top air purifiers models. The magazine put nine air purifiers through 100 hours of research and testing conducted by an airborne particle physicist and former NOAA scientist.
“Blueair air purifier’s may also help protect users against virus’s such as H1N1 (Swine Flu) because they are designed to trap polluting airborne particles such as PM2.5 dust, viruses, bacteria, asthma triggers and other contaminants such as VOC’s,” says Vijay Kannan, head of Blueair India, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sweden’s Blueair AB. Blueair India was recently established by Swedish-based Blueair AB to market it’s award winning indoor air purifiers across India.
“Our unique particle filters trap viruses using HepaSilent™ technology uniquely combining electrostatic and mechanical filtration that have made a Blueair the air purifier of choice for many medical doctors,” Mr. Kannan said. He noted that Sweden’s Institute for Infectious Disease Control (SIIDC) has used Blueair air purifiers for many years to protect their staff from harmful airborne

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