The toxic smog has engulfed Delhi over the last three days and is choking people in the national capital region. The air quality index in the city has fallen under the hazardous category.
The air quality has crossed 450 on a scale that maxes out at 500. According to doctors, health experts inhaling toxic air shall trigger a plethora of health problems like Asthma, lung diseases and cardiac problems. If you are dwelling on your health and trying to find ways to protect yourself from the air poison, we have compiled a few tips for you.
DO’S Buy a good quality air pollution mask: An air mask with ventilation outlets and a nose clip so that it does not move from its place. The masks are available in the price range of Rs 100 and Rs 5000.
Do not go for cheap masks as they might not provide you with enough protection. Outdoor activity can be limited: The best defense mechanism against the deadly smog is to curtail your outdoor activity.
Inhaling the polluted air for a long time can lead to lung infections, pneumonia and TB. Unless it is a real emergency, it is advisable not to venture out unnecessarily as this is certainly not the time to be outdoors. Protect your kids too as they more prone to respiratory diseases.
If you suffer from respiratory ailments, do not forget to carry inhaler/sprays with you. Air purifiers inside your house: Use air purifiers enabled with HEPA filters inside your home to purify the air. Also, try to keep the windows and doors shut to prevent the smog from entering your house. Wear sunglasses/full sleeved clothes. In order to avoid burning of eyes and skin, keep yourself fully covered. Take care of your eyes too and wear shades before stepping out.
DON’TS: Do not smoke: As per doctors, the air quality is that bad that inhaling the air at present is equal to smoking 50 cigarettes. Hence, one should avoid smoking cigarettes.
Avoid street food. The time is not appropriate to indulge in your favourite street food at the moment. Food log exposed to air pollution can cause severe illnesses at this juncture.
Do not wear surgical masks: It is important to be aware of the different types of masks available in the market. Surgical masks are different from pollution masks and do not protect from microparticles like PM2.5, which happen to be the primary cause of ailments in the human body.