It is all over the news. According to Strait Times, “Singapore endured its worst day of haze yesterday, June 19 2013, as air quality surged into hazardous territory for the first time, prompting government agencies to reach for contingency measures.” Experts advise children and elderly, especially those who have respiratory or heart diseases, to stay indoors to prevent the effects of haze.
Also, according to Yahoo! News Singapore, “existing health conditions such as eczema, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and eye diseases like conjunctivitis are made worse by air pollution,” says Associate Professor Loo Chian Min, Head and Senior Consultant, Department of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine,Singapore General Hospital (SGH). “Even healthy people can suffer from irritation in the eyes, nose and throat, coughing and sneezing, if they spend time outdoors during a smoke haze.”
Given these detrimental effects of haze to one’s well-being here are some ways to protect yourselves from the haze: (Tips from Yahoo! News Singapore)
1. Cover your nose and mouth with a mask when you go out – make sure you get a mask that can catch tiny particles below 0.3 microns.
2. Keep the doors and windows of your home closed.
3. Roll up the windows of your car if you are driving.
4. Use an air-conditioner in your home to help remove pollutants.
5. Use an air ionizer or air purifier to catch very small particles.
6. Drink more water than usual – this helps the kidneys flush out any toxins absorbed through the skin and lungs.
7. Cut down on coffee and alcohol – these promote fluid loss and leach nutrients from the body.
8. Build up your immunity with foods rich in vitamin C (oranges, guava, strawberries), vitamin E (nuts and seeds) and omega-3 fatty acids (oily fish).
So, Mummies and Daddies, keep well. We, from MummySG, hope that sooner, the haze will be gone.
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