Delhi's great smog is back, and AQI is hitting a severe high. The distorted look, dust, smoke, pollution, and suffocating feeling as soon as you leave the house couldn't be worse!
Smog is so dangerous that breathing in polluted air is equivalent to smoking 44 cigarettes daily! So what can you do to protect yourself and your loved ones? Here are some tips to follow.
An air purifier is a specialized filtering machine that can filter the air with particles less than PM 2.5. It essentially disinfects the air, which can contain pollutants, allergens, and toxins.
Use indoor plants such as money plants and aloe vera at home and in the office. They help purify indoor air and minimize indoor air pollution.
Avoid outdoor sports, especially in the morning when pollution levels are very high. When you run, jog, or even walk faster, you breathe in more air and, therefore, more polluted air.
Use a mask, and use the right one - you need an N-95 or N-99 cover; a surgical mask is useless. Also, wear it properly so there is a proper airlock and it doesn't get lost on your face.
Keep doors and windows open between 3 pm and 5 pm and allow air to circulate. On a bright sunny day, the concentration of PM 2.5 at this time is the lowest in the air.
Use carpool as much as you can, whether for school or the office. Car sharing helps reduce air pollution, traffic congestion, and greenhouse gas emissions.
Eat palm sugar to flush out pollutants from your lungs. Also, eat fruits rich in vitamin C and foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Drink ginger and tulsi herbal tea as it helps to minimize the effects of pollution!