Dos and Don’ts to Protect Yourself from Smog

With pollution levels in the nation’s capital and neighboring areas, including Noida and Ghaziabad, becoming “severe”, the Central Pollution Control Board has advised everyone to take precautions and stay safe.

In fact, Delhi has been covered in a thick layer of smog since Diwali, and while the past few days have seen a slight improvement, severe pollution conditions have returned.

For the uninitiated, smog, a type of intense air pollution and smoke, not only reduces visibility, but is considered extremely harmful to health.

“Pollutants cause inflammation in the nasal passages, which can lead to various infections and respiratory conditions. Anyone who is already taking medication for respiratory illnesses like asthma, COPD, etc. may suffer more in such situations. In case the symptoms worsen, including difficulty breathing, see a doctor immediately, ”said Dr Arunesh Kumar, HOD and senior consultant – Pulmonology, Paras Hospitals, Gurugram.

Urging people not to expose themselves to smog and to take preventative measures, the National Disaster Management Authority recently shared a list of dos and don’ts.


* Drink more water to flush toxins from the body.
* Regular intake of fruits rich in vitamin C, magnesium, and omega fatty acids can keep your health in good stead.
* Keep air purifying plants in homes and offices such as Tulsi, Money Plant, etc.
* Use nasal filters or air purifiers.

Not to do

* Don’t burn garbage and don’t let anyone in your neighborhood do it too.
* Do not go out and engage in outdoor activities when air pollution or smog levels are high

The Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) has also released a list of dos and don’ts following the increase in the level of the AQI.

When in the “moderate to low” category of pollution with levels of PM 2.5 (ultrafine particles with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometers) are between 6 µg / m3 and 120 µg / m3, or the levels of PM 10 (coarse particles with a diameter of less than 10 micrometers) are between 101 and 350 µg / m3, people should keep the engines of their vehicles properly tuned, maintain proper air pressure in the tires, have the latest inspection certificates pollution, switch off the ignition at red lights and do not throw litter in open spaces.

According to Dr Kumar, people who have not been vaccinated against Covid should also receive them as soon as possible.

The list also encourages the use of public transport, work from home where possible, avoiding construction activities and replacing vehicle air filters when pollution levels are in the “very low” category – PM 2.5 levels in the range of 121-250µg / m3 or PM 10 levels in the range 351-430µg / m3.

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