Since the last few weeks, the level of air quality in Bangkok has been getting unhealthy. You may notice the grey shade of smoke covering Bangkok which is the hazardous air pollution PM2.5, and that is the dangerous silent killer that can cause bad effects to our body from the inside.
What is the PM 2.5 and Why does it so dangerous?
PM 2.5 refers to the atmospheric particulate matter (PM) that has a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometers. The sources of causing it are mostly from human’s activities; for example, burning fossil fuels for energy and transportation, burning corps, managing of chemical by the factory, mining and, domestic cooking or heating by not using eco-friendly sources. This tiny malicious dust can affect directly to our eyes, skin or throat and can lead to significant health issues such as a stroke, heart attack, lung disease or cancer.
Here below are the precautions that you can take in order to be prepared and protect your health.
The Air Quality Index (AQI) is a very useful application which reports the level of air quality. Before going outside, you can check the pollution levels from this application for monitoring your plan and activity outdoor wherever you go.
Outdoor activities should be avoided or limited as less as possible. Stay indoors with the filtered air. Also, when staying inside the building, try not to open the window or do any activities that cause more smoke such as smoking and burning. Do not forget to keep the place clean.
Choose the mask which has the label of N95 because it has the ability to filter out the PM larger than 0.3 microns at least 95%. For the most effective protection, the mask should be used and worn properly to fit your face. Wearing the mask every time when going outdoors can basically reduce the risks of inhaling PM2.5 to your body.
These are the basic tips for protecting yourself against the polluted air PM 2.5. However, it is necessary to pay attention to your symptoms carefully. What are the signs of being affected by the PM 2.5? You may have sudden symptoms such as irritation and allergy of the eyes, nose, and throat; cough; phlegm; chest tightness; and shortness of breath. However, you need to see a doctor for further consultants.