A particular news that has been doing the rounds over every news channel and media for over a couple of years now is the Delhi Air Pollution. It just seems to worsen with every passing year. The pollution is choking the Delhiites and takes lives of approximately 30,000 people every year. If not for nothing, Delhi is always on the headlines for its fatal air pollution that the Indian Medical Association has termed as a 'public health emergency'.
Air Quality Index in Delhi:
Due to smog and stubble burning in the neighboring states, the air pollution level in Delhi increased by 20 times more than the safe level. Post-Diwali the Air Quality Index in Delhi has seemed to worsen reaching at 302 that falls in the very poor category as recorded by the Central Pollution Control Board.
As recorded on 8th November 2018, the overall air quality index recorded had risen as much as 574 falling in the "severe-plus emergency" category.
(Source - https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/delhi-air-pollution-updates-thick-smog-grapples-delhi-since-diwali-evening-1944194)
In short, the air quality of Delhi is hazardous affecting the safe quality of life.
Effects of severe Air Pollution on Health:
We breathe to live and when the air we breathe in is perilous, our health is in danger. A prolonged exposure to such toxic air has lead to many serious respiratory disorders and critical health conditions associated with pollution.
- If a person is allergic or sensitive to pollution, it can lead to diseases like asthma and health conditions like COPD. But with babies, school-going children and senior adults, the risk rises.
- Exposure to this hazardous smog can lead to chronic allergies that are difficult to treat.
- School-going children who are exposed to air pollution might develop chronic respiratory diseases.
- It can damage the lungs and limit optimum fiction of the lungs
- Pollution might aggravate existing lung and heart disorders in association with coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.
- Exposure of pregnant women to air pollution may increase the risk of premature birth.
6 Tips to protect your health against Air pollution:
Severe Air Pollution in Delhi has to lead to many people falling sick with diseases related to the respiratory system and abnormal heart conditions. Doctors have reported a recorded rise in patients suffering from bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia and other COPDs.
Here are 6 tips shared by doctors that you must follow when going outdoors:
- N95 masks are a must to cover your nose and mouth whenever you are going out.
- Place air purifying plants like aloe vera, spider plant, and ivy inside your home or office.
- Avoid going out as much as possible.
- Don’t choose outdoors for cycling or jogging. Exercise at home.
- Consume food that is rich in Vitamin C, magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids.
- Try some natural remedies to clear your airways and prevent the dangerous effects of pollution.
- Have a teaspoon of jaggery daily to remove the buildup of toxins from the lungs, respiratory tract, and bloodstream.
- Have ginger tulsi tea daily to boost the immune system and safeguarding your body against harmful pollutants.
- Take a steam bath with a few drops of eucalyptus or peppermint oil daily in the evening to help relax the air passages.
Air pollution is common in all the states across India, although it is a bit rampant in Delhi. Follow a few precautionary measures to prevent the development of any harmful diseases that can get fatal.