A dust storm swept across Delhi-NCR, leading to severely poor air quality and reduced visibility, according to the India Meteorological Department. The dusty conditions are attributed to intense heat, dry soil, and strong winds persisting in the region. As dusty air poses risks to respiratory health, here are essential tips to protect yourself:
1. Avoid going outdoors: Minimize outdoor activities to prevent inhaling dust particles that can harm your respiratory tract. If possible, work from home and postpone non-essential outings.
2. Wear a mask: When venturing outside, cover your mouth and nose with a mask. While cloth masks offer some protection, N95 respirator masks are more effective in filtering dust, fumes, and other pollutants.
3. Avoid outdoor exercise: Refrain from exercising outdoors, as physical activity increases the intake of harmful pollutants. Breathing through the mouth during exercise bypasses the filtering capability of the nose, making it more difficult to prevent large pollutants from entering the respiratory system. This is especially crucial for individuals with asthma or other breathing conditions.
4. Use an air purifier indoors: Even when staying indoors, dust can contaminate your house's air. Utilize air purifiers, if available, to remove dust particles and maintain air quality.
5. Maintain hand and eye hygiene: Dust can accumulate on hands and surfaces and irritate the eyes. Regularly wash your hands and eyes throughout the day to minimize health risks. Use wet wipes or a damp cloth to clean surfaces in your home or workplace.
By following these precautions, you can reduce the impact of the dust storm on your respiratory health. Stay vigilant and prioritize your well-being during this period of poor air quality.
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