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Air quality worsens across north India; 5 tips to stay safe amid severe pollution

Written by  Shgun S -- November 05th 2023 01:39 PM
Air quality worsens across north India; 5 tips to stay safe amid severe pollution

Air quality worsens across north India; 5 tips to stay safe amid severe pollution

PTC News Desk: For the past few days, pollution levels in Delhi have remained in the 'severe plus' category, with AQI readings in the '400' range at several locations in and around the city. According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), an overall average AQI of 410 was recorded on Sunday morning.

Meanwhile, the recent increase in farm fires has exacerbated Punjab's air quality. According to data from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), air quality this year is worse than the same period last year.

According to the latest update, Bathinda remains the most polluted with an AQI of 410, followed by Ludhiana at 293, Amritsar at 226, Mandi Gobindgarh at 305 and Patiala at 250.

Apart from Delhi and Punjab, Haryana and Mumbai are also suffering from poor air quality these days.

Diseases triggered by air pollution

Pollutants in the air trigger a variety of respiratory illnesses, including asthma, chronic obstructive respiratory disease, bronchitis, and others. Several studies have also found a link between poor air quality and an increased risk of various health conditions. It can also aggravate pre-existing medical conditions. As a result, it is critical to take all precautionary measures on an individual basis.

Tips to help you stay safe amid high pollution levels

1. Exercise indoors

When air pollution is high, try to stay indoors. You should also consider doing your workouts inside. Regular exercise is beneficial to your overall health. However, exercising outside when the AQI is higher than normal can be harmful.

2. Keep doors, windows closed

High pollution levels can also degrade indoor air quality. As a result, it is critical to keep indoor pollution to a minimum. You should close your doors and windows. Install some air-purifying plants. Purchase an air purifier as well. It can help improve indoor air quality.

3. Keep a check on AQI

AQI measures the level of pollutants in the air. It is important to stay updated. It will assist you in taking preventative measures before it is too late. Newspapers, mobile phones, radio, and television can all assist you in keeping track.

4. Use mask

Pollutants can be reduced by wearing a face mask. They do not provide complete protection, but they are very effective.

5. Include superfoods in your diet.

Several foods can help to improve lung health and immunity naturally. These can shield you from the harmful effects of high levels of pollution. Increase your intake of fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, and healthy fats. Green tea and turmeric milk can also be beneficial.



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