Am I Affected?

The short answer is: Yes.

 

The slightly more detailed answer:

Whether one gets into a car, enters a room, a store, a house, or a tent; whether one is outdoors in a crowd, near a fire, or close to a road, even if it is 20 km away – in all these situations, one is affected.

Even on a deserted island, this issue remains relevant as soon as one builds a hut or hides in a cave.

Most air pollutants are caused by our modern lifestyle. Others have existed since the first human made fire.

However, a highly underestimated air pollutant is CO2. It is produced by every breathing organism on this planet and is broken down by vegetation. While CO2 levels were predominantly below 250 ppm until 1911, the lowest value in 2023 was 413 ppm.

 

In our personal opinion, the majority of chronic diseases, possibly including most mental health issues and even Long-Covid, could be the result of an underestimated significance of indoor air quality.

Even if one believes to have no health issues, this may not necessarily reflect reality. Many health impacts are subtle and are often perceived as normal. For instance, no one who wears glasses or has obesity would immediately associate these conditions with poor air quality. However, these states could also be possible symptoms of the effects of poor air quality. See For Reflection