The air pollution levels in China seem to go back to what it was before the lockdown. In the coming days, Europe might have the same fate. You can find the full report here.
If you must know, air pollution is associated with at least 8 million deaths every year. During the lockdown, people all over the world noticed how the sky immediately cleared. But since more people are now allowed to go out, and some activities have resumed, the air pollution levels we had months ago will likely to come back.
There are multiple sources of air pollutants. It could be from motor vehicle traffic, power generation, or from space heating.
Effects of air pollution
Let us have a quick review on what air pollution can do to humans and our environment:
- dry or sore throat
- sore eyes
- lung diseases
- heart diseases
- reduction in the supply of oxygen
- brain damages
- kidney failure
- liver failure
- congenital disabilities
- soil and water contamination
- global warming
How can we do our part?
We can all do our part to minimize air pollution. Fortunately, many people are changing their lifestyles to help our environment. We should follow their lead.
Instead of driving your car, you might want to take public transportation instead. Or for short distances, you can just walk or take a bicycle. For those who would like to buy a new car, choose a gas-efficient vehicle or an electric type, if possible.
As for your home appliance, check its consumption and make sure it is energy-efficient. Also, you can maximize solar and wind energy. This is an excellent investment, and the future generation will benefit from it.
Instead of purchasing products from other locations, you can save the planet by buying local goods. This could minimize carbon footprint, and is also good for the local economy.
Protect yourself from air pollution
How can you protect yourself from the harmful effects of pollution? Here are some of the things you have to remember:
Always be on the lookout for pollution news
There are a lot of news sources for air pollution updates. Subscribe to these channels and keep yourself in the loop so you can protect yourself and our family.
Limit your time outside when air pollution is high
If you live in an area where air pollution is high, you might want to spend more time indoors. Or, if you need to go out, make sure that you do so for only a limited time.
When going for a jog, avoid heavily trafficked roads
There are designated places for joggers. These are usually away from roads. Maximize those to protect yourself from air pollution.
Once you get home, take a shower and wash your clothes to remove the particles
To remove contaminants, make it a habit to clean yourself up after going out. And wash your clothes right away.
Always wear a sunscreen
And lastly, sunscreen will do you good. Target a brand with high SPF.
We need to be more cautious about our health. It is not only COVID-19 that we should protect ourselves from. Air pollution is also lethal, and we should do our part to help the environment.