The deteriorating air quality in the national capital has become a major cause of concern.
As the AQI reached the “severe plus” level, a Supreme Court mandated panel declared a public health emergency in the Delhi-NCR region.
The Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority has banned all construction activities till 5th November. Bursting crackers during the winter season have also been banned.
Thursday night saw the deterioration of Delhi’s air quality to “emergency” or “severe plus.” The city woke up to a haze of blanket the next morning.
Seasonal crop stubble burning in north-western states, smoke from firecrackers, calm surface wind conditions and dense cloud cover are the main reasons why Delhi is grasping for breath amidst toxic smog containing hazardous pollutants.
Minimizing health risks associated with poor air quality
Air pollution can cause both short term and long term side effects. Common problems caused by the plunging air quality include nose irritation, eye irritation and breathlessness, to name a few.
Here are a few effective tips that can be used to minimize the health risks associated with poor air quality in the city.
- Pick light indoor exercises instead of outdoor morning walks.
- Ventilate your house. Indoor air pollution is a bigger threat to your health.
- Use indoor plants to improve air quality inside your home.
- Avoid burning candles or using air fresheners (these have large particulate matter). If unavoidable, use in corners in small amounts. Don’t forget to keep the fans on.
- Invest in an air purifier.
- Eat healthily and make sure your diet has more of omega 3 fatty acid, vitamin C and magnesium. These nutrients can help you tackle the side effects of breathing in polluted air.
- If possible, avoid traveling on two-wheelers.
- Avoid rolling down your car windows.
- If you plan to invest in a mask, make sure it is of good quality.
- Refrain from burning trash or wood. Also, avoid areas where these are being burned.
- In case you suffer from respiratory disease, avoid plants and gardens as pollens may trigger an attack. Don’t leave home without your mask and inhaler.