Air Pollution Invisible Killer: How to stay safe and protect yourself

These days, we don’t breathe. We cough.

According to various sources, Delhi’s pollution is on average seven times higher than Indian limit (1) and can be tracked in real time online (2). This can lead to problems such as asthma, headaches, eye irritation, hypertension (3) etc. and as per reports even reduces our lifespan by almost six years (4).

So, the question of the hour, which we intend to explore is, “How to stay safe and protect yourself from pollution?”

First, don’t mistake smog for fog!

This goes out especially for all those early birds who love exercising and jogging. Inhaling the smog does more harm to your body than you can imagine. It makes breathing, the basic of all human rights, laborious! Smog is heavier than air due to the presence of pollutants, and when they get suck-in while breathing, they get stuck in, making everything arduous. Not to mention, the harm it causes to your eyes. Hence, the best way to stay safe is to give a break to your morning walks and jogs for some time, and rather opt for home yoga to keep yourself fit and fine!

Second, Heroes wear masks!

Not all heroes wear capes, but they most certainly wear masks. Pollution level is at an all-time high in our cities, and unless you’re sure your lungs can filter out all harmful pollutants in the air, it is advisable to wear masks. Although, whether it is 100% effective or not is something of a debate, but it is undoubtedly better than exposing yourself to the imminent danger unmasked!

Third, Make smart investments!

If we think indoors we are safe from pollution, then that thinking is wrong. As per WHO 4.3 million people, a year die from exposure to household air pollution (5).

Although one can’t control the outdoor air, indoor air is very much within your control, thanks to air purifiers and other natural pollution-reducing measures such as air purifying plants, oxygen plants, and bonsai plants.

Fourth, Water to your rescue!

Seriously, there’s nothing like water! Drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated. Also, make sure you clean your nose, face, hands, and throat (by gargling) every time you’re back from breathing fresh pollutants from outside!

So, folks in this post we have talked about the various methods in which you can keep yourself protected. As always do consult your doctor to know more but if you are looking for some professionals to clean your indoor air pollution then we can connect you with experts.

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References

  1. http://www.arthapedia.in/index.php?title=Ambient_Air_Quality_Standards_in_India
  2. https://www.skymetweather.com/air-pollution-in-delhi-current-status-update/
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3612296/
  4. http://www.hindustantimes.com/delhi-news/air-pollution-in-delhi-breathing-capital-s-deadly-air-is-robbing-you-of-6-years-of-life/story-G9ZhpkI2x9yiwrGJH5UskM.html
  5. http://www.who.int/indoorair/en/
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