According to a recent Air Quality Alert issued by the Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Services the threat of health problems is forecast to be elevated, for mainly unusually sensitive people, such as asthmatics, and could potentially cause them limited health impacts.
Therefore, active children and adults, and, people with respiratory diseases such as asthma, should limit prolonged outdoor exertion.
The Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) is advising residents who are unusually sensitive to dust particles to remain extra vigilant due to moderate concentrations of Saharan dust in the atmosphere! Residents with respiratory issues such as asthma should keep windows and doors closed as much as possible.
The DMCA is further advising residents to limit dust entering their system as best as possible by using masks and protective eyewear. Any masks that filter small particles should be worn such as a surgical mask, N95 and KN95 when going outside.
Air Quality Index Based on Particulate Matters 2.5 (PM2.5) and 10 (PM10) Concentration.
Air quality category: Moderate
Timing: Until Friday
Synopsis: The air quality is down to moderate levels as a result of particulate matters 2.5 and 10, associated with a fresh surge in the Saharan Dust. The threat of health problems is elevated, for
mainly unusually sensitive people, such as asthmatics, and could potentially cause them limited health impacts.
Air quality index: 51 to 70
Alert Level: II
Sensitive groups: People with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children are the groups most at risk.
Health implications: Air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants, there may be moderate health concerns for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.
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