Mumbaikars beware! Slipping air quality can lead to health hazards

Since Monday, Mumbai’s air quality has been dipping. As per the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), Mumbai has poor air quality. As per doctors, this can invite a plethora of health problems

Mumbaikars beware! Slipping air quality can lead to health hazards

  • Since Monday, the air quality in the city continued to be in ‘poor’ category.
  • According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), the Air Quality status of Mumbai is alarming. Andheri, Juhu, Bandra, Parel and Navi Mumbai had poor Air Quality Index (AQI). Colaba had severe AQI while Worli, Bhandup and Chembur had moderate AQI.
  • Doctors advise to take necessary precautions to keep the allergies and infections at bay.

Since Monday, the city’s air quality deteriorated. The System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), lists out vital tips for the well-being of people.

As per SAFAR:

Sensitive groups:

  • Reduce prolonged or heavy exertion. Take more breaks and do less intense activities. Asthmatics should keep medicine ready if symptoms of coughing or shortness of breath occur
  • Heart patients should consult the doctor in case of palpitations, shortness of breath or unusual fatigue

Healthy people:

  • Be alert and watchful of unusual fatigue

Dr Mandar Kubal, an infectious disease expert from Infectious Diseases and Pulmonary Care, Chembur, said, “Due to the poor air quality, people are more likely to suffer from dry throat and related respiratory problems. The best way is to keep yourself hydrated with fruit juices and warm beverages. Avoid consuming cold drinks,” said Dr Kubal.

“It can aggravate diseases like asthma, bronchitis and so on. The best way is to not venture out in such unpredictable conditions,” said Dr Pratit Samdani, General Physician from Jaslok Hospital.