Asthma is a disease that impacts people in EJ Communities more than the population at large due to their disproportionate exposure to unrelenting particulate emissions ( PM 2.5) which come from the tailpipes of automobiles, trucks, buses, and trains as well as the smokestacks from the industry.

” I Can’t Breathe” is a very real cry from folks living on the frontlines of polluting facilities.  

Low income and communities of color have a greater likelihood of premature death associated with respiratory diseases like heart attacks, COPD, and Asthma. 

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When cleaning your home the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology recommends a homemade cleaning solution that will not trigger an asthma attack. To make the cleaning solution mix 2 cups vinegar, 2 cups very hot water, 1/2 cup salt, and 2 cups borax. Apply the solution to the area and allow it to sit for 30 minutes. Apply the solution again, scrubbing with a soft-bristled brush, and rinse well with plain water. If you do not feel comfortable cleaning, have someone else disinfect your home with products that do not trigger your Asthma.