Chandigarh, November 5, 2023: As per media reports, The Punjab Health Department today issued a detailed advisory to people, asking them to wear masks to save themselves from ailments being caused by air pollution due to farm fires.
In the wake of worsening air quality, a detailed advisory has also been issued for safety during morning walks. Early morning walks in smog are not safe as pollutants are at their highest levels during that time, the department said. It added: “Opt for walking after sunrise when the air is clearer.”
Pointing out the vulnerable population, the department said that though everybody was at risk, some groups, including children, elderly population with conditions like diabetes, heart diseases, asthma or chronic obstructive airway diseases, were more vulnerable.
Department experts said air pollution can reduce lifespan and quality of life. Therefore, the use of face mask has been advised. The use of N95 masks has been recommended over the regular ones. Elderly persons and individuals with health issues like heart diseases or asthma should prioritise N95 masks, the advisory said.