Delhi Pollution: How to survive and safeguard yourself from the city’s toxic air
We all are waking up to hazy mornings every day and all this is because of Diwali celebrations in the past and festive frenzy. We all are trying to dismiss the sudden change in the atmosphere as fog but we all know that these are the adverse consequences of the noise and air pollution
The amount of crackers Delhi burst has made the air unbelievably toxic to breathe in, the PM (particulate matter) 10 levels have reportedly gone up to 999, exceeding the safe limit by 10 times. It is important to take the necessary safeguards that will ensure that we don’t get any respiratory problems and other breathing troubles.
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We consulted some experts who shared some simple measures that can be taken to ensure we are safeguarded:
* Ensure you eat properly for good immunity: It’s the season changing time of the year and many are susceptible to falling sick or at least catching a cold with the added hazardous effects of pollution. It is important that we eat properly and keep ourselves hydrated by drinking lots of water to ensure that our immunity fights the diseases.
* Use a pollution mask every time you step out: Also, wearing pollution masks can minimise the risk of getting affected to a great extent which is good enough to filter all the dust particles from the air we breathe. N95 and N99 pollution masks are recommended as the most effective ones while normal masks are quite enough and these can be availed from the online shopping websites and even in the nearby chemist shops.
* Keep away from construction sites: Special precautions must be taken to control the dust produced at large construction sites.
* Wash the streets around your house: Washing the streets settles the dust instead of blowing it into your nostrils and hence the Roads must be washed instead of swept
* Grow and keep more plants: School textbooks have taught us how planting more trees help purify the air we breathe. Plants release oxygen, something which is absolutely essential for life to survive.
* Get an air-purifier: An air purifier is a recommended way to ensure we are safe. An average air purifier’s price ranges between Rs. 5,000 and Rs. 25,000, and are easily available on the various shopping websites.
* Avoid travelling in open transport: Avoid two-wheelers and use closed public transport or cars to travel.
* Don’t go out to exercise: Nowadays it’s better to stay home or go a gym that has an air purifier rather than go out into the open and breathe lungs full of air.
* Stay close to trees and greenery: If you practise yoga or meditation, preferably do it in places surrounded by trees and plants, which are excellent sources of oxygen.
We hope you enjoy this changing weather but not at the risk of affecting your health. Stay healthy, stay happy!