How To Protect Yourself From Severe Air Pollution in Delhi

How To Protect Yourself From Severe Air Pollution in Delhi?

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Smog has started blanketing the capital city Delhi as Air Quality turns ‘severe’ due to raging farm burning by farmers of Punjab and Haryana and unfavourable meteorological conditions. 

Delhiites are experiencing many health problems like nausea, headaches, and uneasy breathing. This extremely bad situation calls for some protective actions that Delhiites need to take right away:

1. Get an Anti-Pollution Mask 

Mask | How To Protect Yourself From Severe Air Pollution in Delhi

First and foremost, do not go out without wearing an Anti-Pollution mask. Masks which are rated N95, FFP2, or KN95 are the most effective against pollution and airborne infections.  The mask you use should have a tight seal and adjustable straps. 

2. Air Purifier

Air Purifier | How To Protect Yourself From Severe Air Pollution in Delhi
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Improve indoor air quality by using air purifiers. These are quite beneficial as they remove up to 99 per cent of airborne infections, harmful gases, and volatile organic compounds. Air purifiers are actually worth it and are completely safe. 

3. Stay Indoors

Stay at home | How To Protect Yourself From Severe Air Pollution in Delhi

Limit outdoor activities to light-to-moderate exercise. Do not go for morning walks and garden exercises. Go out only if necessary. Avoid travelling on a bike or with cars with windows open. By doing so, you may inhale more pollution than you realise. Try travelling in closed vehicles only. 

4. Use Air Purifying Plants

Air Purifying Plants | How To Protect Yourself From Severe Air Pollution in Delhi

Get some air-purifying plants in your home which would help in the detoxification of the air. Some of the best air-purifying plants to combat pollution are:

  • Bamboo Palm
  • Snake plant
  • Rubber plant
  • Chinese Evergreen plant
  • Aloe Vera
  • Spider plant and more. 

5. Eat Healthy Food

Healthy Food | How To Protect Yourself From Severe Air Pollution in Delhi

Eat food that contains vitamin C, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. 

  • Eat green leafy vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, peppers, and leafy greens like spinach.
  • Drink 8 to 12 cups of water daily.
  • Try to have salads, soups, lentils, dips, beans etc.
  • Fruits are a must. Eat apples, bananas, avocados, oranges, mangoes, and other nutritious fruits.
  • Take tulsi tea and herbal ginger as this healthy concoction can minimise pollution effects. 

Statement by CM Arvind Kejriwal 

Addressing the press conference on Nov 4, 2022, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said, “We’re taking all steps to control the pollution situation. Meanwhile, we’re shutting down all primary schools in Delhi from tomorrow… Also, outdoor activities for all classes above Class 5 would be barred,” the Delhi Chief Minister said.”

He also said that pollution is not the capital’s but North India’s problem and urged the Centre to take necessary steps to control the situation. 

Summing Up 

The air pollution in Delhi has dipped to ‘severe’ category with no signs of getting any better. Take all the necessary precautions. Stay Healthy. Stay Safe.

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