New Delhi: Air pollution in the national capital remained in ‘very poor’ category in Delhi for the fourth day in a row with Air Quality Index (AQI) recorded at 327. As per the data released by the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), the AQI at Dhirpur with PM 2.5 was at 404, which is under a ‘severe’ category. Meanwhile, AQI in Pusa was recorded at 293; ‘poor’ category.
In neighbouring cities of Noida and Gurgaon, which stood at 375 and 249 respectively. Owing to which, the air qualiy of Noida is in ‘very poor’ quality while the same of Gurgaon is in ‘poor’ quality.
In this scenario, citizens should follow these steps while heading outside. First of all, choose routes that minimize your exposure to heavy traffic, as vehicle emissions are a significant source of pollution. Consider walking or using public transportation when possible.
Wear a Mask
Invest in a high-quality N95 or N99 respirator mask to filter out harmful pollutants from the air. This is a crucial step in protecting your respiratory system.
Limit Outdoor Activities
Try to reduce the time spent outdoors, especially during peak pollution hours. Pollution levels are often highest in the morning and evening.
Use Air Quality Apps
Stay informed about the air quality in your area by using air quality monitoring apps. This can help you plan your outdoor activities on days with better air quality.
Stay Hydrated and Eat Healthy
A balanced diet and proper hydration can help your body better cope with pollution. Consume foods rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals to boost your immune system.
Create a Clean Indoor Environment
Make your indoor space a safe haven by using air purifiers and keeping windows and doors closed. This can significantly reduce your exposure to outdoor pollutants.