Delhi: "Severe" air pollution, Govt. issues advisory

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Dr Rakesh Chawla, Saroj Super Speciality Hospital, Delhi

NEW DELHI : As air pollution continues to be a significant concern to public health in Delhi, health experts and the Delhi government have issued health advisories and asked people to avoid outdoor activities as much as possible, especially during the morning and late evening hours.

In a statement, the Director General of Health Services (DGHS), Delhi Government, has said that air pollution has reached the severe level and asked people to follow the dos and don'ts as mentioned in the advisory.

It said the air pollution might cause respiratory problems in healthy people on prolonged exposure and pronounced respiratory or other serious illnesses for the vulnerable population even on a short exposure.

"The general public is, therefore, advised to avoid outdoor physical activities, especially during morning and late evening hours," the advisory stated.

The vulnerable population comprises elderly people, children below five years, pregnant women and those with a poor nutritional status was advised to strictly avoid outdoor activities, remain indoors and keep activity levels low.

Children, the elderly, and people with underlying chronic disease, especially of the heart and lungs, are particularly at risk for respiratory problems. Healthy people who work or exercise outdoors also experience symptoms, said Dr Rakesh Chawla, Senior Consultant, Respiratory Medicine, Saroj Super Speciality Hospital, in a separate statement.

On high pollution days, the best thing you can do to reduce your exposure to air pollution is to use N95 masks, avoid heavy traffic and polluted areas, keep doors and windows closed in the morning and late evening, advised Dr Chawla.


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