national capital, New Delhi, has turned into a gas chamber post Diwali, thanks
to the excessive cracker bursting. As the capital remains enveloped in a thick
smog and you can literally smell the pollution in the air, the need of the hour
is to contain the situation and minimize the damage.
Pollution in Delhi peaks during Diwali as a hazardous mix of noxious gases and
pollutants hang very close to the surface. Experts had warned that pollution
during this year's Diwali was expected to be worse than the last two years because
of a combination of adverse factors like slow wind speed and moisture in the
air, a major hindrance in the dispersion of suspended pollutants.
In Delhi, smoke from fireworks contains a high concentration of tiny pollution
particles called PM2.5, or "fine particle pollution" which are small
enough to be inhaled into the lungs and are particularly dangerous. According
to the World Health Organization, air pollution causes more than 3 million
deaths a year and India is among the two most-polluted countries in the world.
The Ministry for Science and Technology in India described the air quality
after the festival celebrations in Delhi as severe.
some absolutely necessary measures we must take to deal with this poisonous air
we are breathing.
Let's face it, we all badly want to shed the Diwali sweets weight, but steer
clear of exercising in the open for a while. Yes, for once exercise will
actually be harmful. When we exercise, our breathing gets heavier and we take
in more air to work those muscles. Pollutants can wreak havoc with your system
at this time. Say no to morning walks for the time being.
Wear a facemask:
No matter how silly it seems to you wearing a mask, but a simple pollution mask
available at any pharmacy, can decrease the amount of pollutants you inhale in.
Say yes to Carpool:
Minimizing the traffic on the road can greatly help decrease the overall
pollution levels in the city. A clear example was the Delhi odd-even rule which
saw a significant reduction in the pollution levels.
Drink lots of water:
Drink plenty of water as it will clear your air ways and also take Vitamin C
Tablets, drink ginger-tulsi tea and eat food which is rich in antioxidants.
They help improving the immunity and fight diseases.
Your Body And Nostrils:
Much of the pollution we intake is through breathing. As ludicrous as it
sounds, apply some mustard or olive oil in the nostrils when heading out. The
oil will trap particulate matter and other dust particles that are suspended in
the air. Dry skin is more prone to infections and dust, so make sure you
keep your skin well hydrated at all times.
your Air conditioners at home and while travelling:
Though the temperature is falling but it is better to still keep the air
conditioner on because it filtrates the air to some extent. Make sure the AC
filters are clean.
outside at night:
Lower the temperature, worse the pollution. Particulate matter stays suspended
in the cold wind which is why it is better to stay indoors at night.
to naturally purify the air entering your houses or office buildings:
Buy some potted plants for that balcony of yours if you don't already have
them. Everybody knows plants give out oxygen, something we terribly need
right now. Having plants right outside your home will purify the air that
enters your house. The money plant is one type that is known to purify the air
of benzene, toluene and formaldehyde.
UNICEF says 2 billion children live in areas with elevated air pollution, with
nearly a third of them in South Asia. The report also says some 300 million
kids are exposed to air pollution levels that are toxic, or six times higher
than WHO standards. Desperate times call for desperate measures! It is very
crucial for all of us to realize the intensity of the situation and do our bits
to curb the pollution!