Concern: According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 11 of the 12 cities with the worst PM2.5 pollution are in India
What air quality alerts tell us about?
Air quality alerts inform the public about pollution levels in the air and advises vulnerable groups – such as children, elderly and people with lung disease- to take precautions.
An AQI number under 100 signifies good or acceptable air quality, while number above 100 is cause for concern and triggers an alert for vulnerable group.
The four major pollutants: - Ozone
When it’s up the Earth’s stratosphere, ozone gas protects us from harmful U.V rays. But at ground level ozone a major component of smog, can cause coughing, chest tightness or pain, decrease lung function and worsen asthma and other chronic lung diseases. It can harm the lining of the lungs, make lungs more vulnerable to infection, and potentially damage them.
According to the aerodynamic diameter, 2 categories of particles are regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency:
- Coarse particulate matter (PM10) with an aerodynamic diameter of <10 μm, and
- Fine particulate matter (PM2.5) with an aerodynamic diameter of <2.5 μm.
Particles <10 μm in diameter can penetrate the nasal cavity to reach the alveoli, thus reaching the lungs and escaping into the blood stream. The smaller a particle is, the longer it will stay in the deeper sites of the lungs; furthermore, particles <1 μm act like gas molecules and reach the circulatory system. It can cause coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, palpitations, and fatigue; it can also aggravate asthma and chronic bronchitis.
Because carbon monoxide decreases the amount of oxygen reaching the body’s organs, it can cause flu-like symptoms and chest pain in those with cardiovascular disease. While everyone is susceptible to carbon monoxide poisoning, the unborn, babies, the elderly, and people with chronic heart disease, anemia, or respiratory problems are most at risk. High levels of carbon monoxide can result in dizziness, blurred vision and confusion.
Normally the irritating gas is kept out of the body by the nasal passages, but when physical exertion necessitates mouth breathing, sulfur dioxide can cause wheezing, shortness of breath and tightness in the chest. Long-term exposure can aggravate asthma and other chronic lung and cardiovascular diseases.
Air Pollution tied to wide range of illness. Air pollution may not always be visible, but it can be deadly.
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- Conserving energy is important. Turn off unnecessary lights and turn down air conditioning. Use Energy Star appliances.
- Drive less and take public transportation or bike.
- During air quality alerts, the vulnerable should reduce physical exertion and try to stay indoors with the windows closed. Those with asthma should carry their inhalers and use a face mask if they go outdoors.
- Everyone has the right to breathe clean air, so is responsible for keeping air clean. # be aware #be responsible #Jufex forte