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Whitepaper: Accurately Measuring Particulate Matter and Its Impact on Health

The Coronavirus has affected the entire world in a manner that has seldom been seen before. As more research is done to better understand this pandemic, we come across new information that helps us be more well equipped to fight it. Our white paper linked below contains important updates about COVID-19 that may enable us to do exactly this: Accurately…

Family of Intelligent Particle Sensors boast high accuracy at low cost

    This article from Fierce Electronics discusses Piera Systems family of Intelligent Particulate Matter Sensors and how they can be used to measure Air Quality for many applications .  Initially called the Piera-1 we have created a family of devices which are Software-Defined.  They have superior accuracy, resolution to existing low cost sensors, calculate PM size, count and mass…

Air Pollution’s Systemic Effects

This article from Harvard Magazine discusses the surprising extent to which the presence of fine air particles affects human health. It highlights a study that carried out new techniques and collected data on just how much on an economic impact fine air particles can have because of their severe health impacts. “The research demonstrates that every microgram-per-cubic-meter increase in PM2.5…

Why should I care about Air Pollution?

  At Piera Systems we often get asked, Why should I care about Air Pollution ?   This June 25 NY Times article helps answer that.  It highlights how scientists are conducting a "giant, global experiment" during the Covid-19 pandemic   Pandemic’s Cleaner Air Could Reshape What We Know About the Atmosphere   My favorite quote is from Dr. Sarath Guttikunda,…

Global emissions plunged an unprecedented 17 percent during the coronavirus pandemic

This article from WAPO highlights the dramatic reduction in air pollution due to Covid-19 BUT it also points out the challenges of reducing emissions from the vast infrastructure already in place.  "Although the decline in emissions during the pandemic may have been unprecedented, it was relatively small when it comes to combating global warming. The peak 17 percent decline in global…

Air Pollution Strongly Linked to Alzheimer’s

We started Piera Systems to address the public health threat due to Air Pollution.  We developed our Piera-1 Intelligent Particle Sensor so that researchers, gov’t agencies, consumers and businesses would have accurate, real-time, complete data at a low cost in order to identify, classify what’s in your air and take action.  None of us anticipated the emergence of COVID-19 and…

Can Particulate Matter Carry Coronavirus?

In a previous post we referenced articles that stated the hypothesis that air pollution and the severity of COVID-19 were linked. It was said to be due to bad air taking a toll on the lungs and rendering people more vulnerable to the effects of the virus. A recent study conducted in Italy suggests another way by which high particulate…

Coronavirus severity and Air Quality linked?

As if the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic wasn't bad enough as is, poor air quality could be making the virus even more deadly.  The virus manifests differently amongst individuals, with many being asymptomatic while proving fatal to many others.   The elderly and immunocompromised are more at risk as the data from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention suggests. Similarly,…