Air pollution today is becoming an increasingly serious issue. As incomes rise and priorities shift away from only pursuing money to ensuring a better life, environmental issues are increasing. Every year, the onset of winter is automatically associated with poor air, respiratory, and visibility problems. The air becomes stagnant at the beginning of winter.
The dust particles get trapped in the cold and damp air thereby affecting weather conditions. It results in the development of smog all over the area. It reduces visibility to a great extent. The onset of winter has also led to a deterioration in the city’s air quality. On 21st December, the Air Quality Index deteriorated to 204. The main reason behind poor air quality primarily caused by dust particles is alluvial soil because of geographical positioning near the Ganga.
In such a scenario, one should take precautions. Restriction of outdoor activities is necessary to prevent health issues. Toxic particles in the air may have adverse effects on the health of people, more so for the elderly and children. It is all the more necessary to stop indulging in junk and fast food. Eat leafy green seasonal vegetables and fruits. With the ongoing pandemic, wear a mask at all times when you are outdoors. Avoid burning anything in the open. If someone is doing so, please raise an alarm or inform CPCB on their website.
Exposure to bad air quality may lead to initial symptoms like coughing, irritation in the eyes and nose, sore throat, asthma or wheezing, and tiredness. A startling statistic is that more people die from air pollution-related illnesses than from car wrecks around the world. Many of these deaths are related to indoor air pollution, but outdoor air pollution plays a role as well. The quality of the air we breathe can affect us on many different levels. Henceforth, it is necessary to follow the protocols correctly, to avoid any such major health issue.