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  1. A 2019 test report shows helmet cut levels of lung-damaging PM 2.5 airborne particles to 8.1 mcg per cubic metre from 43.1 mcg outside
  2. Punjab relief commissioner Babar Hayat Tarar claims smog problem alleviated because of effective govt measures
  3. Smog situation in central and southern parts of Punjab disturbs affairs of routine life; motorways blocked at different spots
  4. Smog blankets paddy pockets in central Punjab with ever-growing intensity
  5. Schools and private offices will be closed on Saturday, Sunday, Monday; restriction to stay in place from Nov 27 to Jan 15
  6. As per the air quality index, the particulate matter level in Lahore has surged to 367, while in Karachi, it has climbed to 163
  7. Air quality monitor IQAir says Lahore had an air quality ranking of 348, crossing the hazardous level of 300
  8. Sudden increase in smog raises serious questions over performance of Environmental Protection Agency
  9. In the last 12-13 years the city has lost 70% of its tree cover, says premier, after inaugurating Gillani Park project in Lahore
  10. Hundreds of millions of Indians in north India wake up to toxic air following Diwali
  11. As Air Quality Index in Punjab 'persistently deteriorates', govt issues list of activities banned to arrest and contain smog
  12. Delhi's air pollution problem needed urgent fixing and the government has finally launched a pilot project to tackle the ongoing problem of smog. In the capital, a 20-feet air purifier has been installed in Delhi's Lajpat Nagar market. © Kickstarter/Concept Image The Air Purifier tower has been installed to reduce the particulate matter in the area and experts involved with the project claim it will be able to reduce the same by 80%. Delhi has experienced dangerous levels of air pollution this winter which has been at an alarming level these past few days. © Youtube This is not the first time we've seen air purifiers being installed in cities to combat the problem of air pollution. China has already been experimenting with air purifiers appropriate for cities for a while and has installed the world's biggest air purifier two years ago. As a result of the same, air quality saw improvement in an area of 10 square kilometres over a period of few months and the tower produced more than 10 million cubic metres of clean air in the same period of time. #Delhi gets first #smog tower to combat #Airpollution in LajpatNagar, cost borne by @BjpEastdelhi's #MP @GautamGambhir Foundation - delhi news - Hindustan Times pic.twitter.com/4SYljfDAha — The Sunil Kapoor™ (@sunilkapoor8) January 3, 2020 Similarly, the Supreme Court asked the Centre and the Delhi Government to take inspiration from China and come up with a roadmap on installing smog towers in NCR. The newly installed tower cost Rs 7 lakh and was procured by the Gautam Gambhir Foundation. The average running cost of the tower is Rs 30,000 per month and will be paid by the traders' association of Lajpat Nagar. This particular smog tower will treat the air in a circumference area of 500-750 square meters and will be able to treat 2,50,000 to 6,00,000 cubic metre of air per day. View the full article
  13. TEHRAN: Air pollution forced schools to close on Sunday in parts of Iran including Tehran, as the capital lay under a thick cloud of smog considered hazardous to health.The pollution level in the capital was "unhealthy for sensitive groups" and officials warned the young, elderly and people with respiratory illnesses to stay indoors, with sporting activities suspended.The decision to shut schools in the capital was announced late Saturday by deputy governor Mohammad Taghizadeh, after a meeting of an emergency committee on air pollution."All of (Tehran) province´s schools except for Firuzkuh and Damavand counties are closed for Sunday," he said, quoted by state news agency IRNA.Schools in the capital will close on Monday, the third day of the Iranian working week, he added later in a state TV interview.An "odd-even" traffic scheme based on vehicles´ registration numbers was imposed to restrict traffic in the capital, IRNA reported.Trucks were banned outright in Tehran province.Taghizadeh added that all activities at Tehran province´s numerous sand quarries would also be halted.Schools were also closed in the northern province of Alborz and in the central cities of Qom and Arak, IRNA reported.A grey cloud hung over Tehran on Sunday, obstructing the view of the mountains overlooking the city to the north.Average airborne concentration of the finest and most hazardous particles (PM2.5) was at 145 microgrammes per cubic metre for the 24 hours until Sunday noon, according to government website air.tehran.ir.That is close to six times the World Health Organization´s recommended maximum of 25 microgrammes per m3.The problem worsens in Tehran during winter, when cold air and a lack of wind traps hazardous smog over the city for days on end, a phenomenon known as thermal inversion.Most of the city´s pollution is caused by heavy vehicles, motorbikes, refineries and power plants, according to a World Bank report released last year."We can´t do anything but wait for wind to blow or rain to fall," said student Bardia Danaie.
  14. Image: AFPNEW DELHI: The Indian capital's notorious air pollution hit "emergency" levels again Wednesday, coinciding with a visit by Britain's Prince Charles.New Delhi has been choked on and off for weeks, as industrial and traffic pollution ?...
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  16. Parts of Lahore recorded an Air Quality Index (AQI) of 600-800, double the safety limits. Photo: FileLahore reported off-the-charts level of air pollution on Wednesday night, as a thick, murky smog cloaked the city of 11 million.Parts of the city...
  17. Actor Priyanka Chopra is currently in Delhi shooting for her next Netflix film The White Tiger and has expressed the amount of difficulty she is facing to shoot in such a severe level of pollution in the city. She has conveyed her disappointment on the deteriorating air quality in the city, saying how it isn't possible to shoot under such conditions. The actor took to her Instagram account and posted a selfie while wearing an anti-pollution mask, covering almost all of her face. She wrote, "Shoot days for #thewhitetiger. It's so hard to shoot here right now that I can't even imagine what it must be like to live here under these conditions. We r blessed with air purifiers and masks. Pray for the homeless. Be safe everyone. #airpollution #delhipollution #weneedsolutions #righttobreathe.” (sic) View this post on Instagram Shoot days for #thewhitetiger. It's so hard to shoot here right now that I can't even imagine what it must be like to live here under these conditions. We r blessed with air purifiers and masks. Pray for the homeless. Be safe everyone. #airpollution #delhipollutionð· #weneedsolutions #righttobreathe A post shared by Priyanka Chopra Jonas (@priyankachopra) on Nov 3, 2019 at 8:52am PST Earlier, Priyanka had shared a video stating her happiness to be in Delhi. The video was captioned, “Early morning shoot, when it is still in the middle of the night. Fun!” However, since Diwali, the Capital is witnessing a dip in air quality across Delhi-NCR. The entire city is covered in a thick blanket of smog due to air pollution from the past many days now. The condition is such that Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) has issued a public health emergency due to the bad air quality. Besides, on the work front, PeeCee will also be part of the much-anticipated animated flick Frozen 2 as Elsa which is set to release on November 22. For the Indian fans, the Hindi version of the film will have PeeCee and Parineeti Chopra take on the voice roles of Elsa and Anna. View the full article
  18. If you live in Delhi-NCR, there's absolutely no need to remind you of the pending apocalypse (but I'm going to do it anyway). Terrifyingly high AQI levels, the risk of respiratory diseases skyrocketing while the capital turns into a hazy, smoke-clogged wasteland - it's a dire situation that needs to be reversed ASAP. In the meantime though, the onus is on us to keep healthy and functional. One of the best ways to do this (other than moving to the Himalayas) is getting yourself a functional air pollution mask. With several options out there and millions of uninformed consumers, it's wise to do a bit of research before you make your purchase. Here's our 5-step guide for making sure that you're covered - quite literally. 1. Get Used To The Lingo (c) Reuters The world of air contaminants is complex and varied, with several different kinds of airborne threats to watch out for while you're on your daily commute or just stepping out for a stroll. To better understand what we're purchasing, let's go over the basic certifications that you need to look at before making a purchase. N Rating You've most likely come across masks with N95-N100 ratings. This simply means that the mask is not resistant to oil, and at least filters out the corresponding percentage of airborne particles. Note that masks with only an N rating will help against airborne particles, which make up the majority of pollutants in our air, but do nothing against harmful gases such as carbon monoxide. Carbon Filters Simply put, carbon filters add a layer of protection against toxic gases by trapping them in the form of a small film on the filter, keeping them away from your lungs. FFP Ratings FFP stands for 'Filtering Face-Piece' - this rating system is part of European regulatory bodies. I highly recommend picking out a mask which comes FFP-rated, as not only are they extensively tested, but come with more features and reliability. FFP masks come in FFP1, FFP2 & FFP3 variants. FFP1 comes with 78% efficiency, and is not recommended. FFP2 comes in at 92%, with the ability to filter smaller particles, while FFP3 can take pretty much anything you throw at it. An interesting feature of FFP-rated masks is that they come with useful suffixes - if a mask is rated FFP2-R, it means that it's reusable. If it's rated FFP2-D, it has passed the 'Dolomite test', meaning that it is resistant to clogging and has excellent breathability. CE Certification This means that the mask has been designed or manufactured for European markets - CE certification is the most stringent in the world, but will also result in a more expensive mask. 2. Make Sure It's A Perfect Fit (c) Reuters An ill-fitting mask can result in the user inhaling unfiltered air which may enter from the loose ends of the mask, rendering it useless. An adjustable mask may be able to provide a good fit, which covers the nose, mouth and chin completely without leaving any gaps - this is especially important if you have facial hair. It's always a good idea to try before you buy - remember that these masks come in universal sizes, so that 'small' masks fit only children, while medium and above work for adults. 3. Valves, And Why You Need Them (c) Reuters You might have noticed that several air pollution masks come with circular valves on them. They help ensure clean airflow and also prevent moisture from building up inside the mask, along with preventing fogging around the upper nose, if you wear spectacles. If you're performing any intense outdoor activity in a polluted area, such as a city marathon or a morning run, consider buying a mask with two valves. I own one myself, and it makes breathing in them several times easier. 4. Keep Reusability In Mind (c) Reuters Make sure that whichever mask you buy is usable for a minimum of four months. Picking up a reusable, washable variant allows you to extend the mask's lifespan, but remember - once the filters turn grey or discoloured, it's time to make a new purchase. 5. What To Avoid (c) Reuters All the masks mentioned above should do the trick in keeping your lungs safe. You might have noticed a common type of mask, as shown above - these are surgical masks, and have become common in polluted Indian cities due to misinformation and of course, chalta hai attitude. These are designed to help prevent the spread of bacteria from water vapour we exhale - this is only useful for health professionals and individuals suffering from airborne diseases. So there you have it - a simple, easy guide to follow for your air pollution masks. Make sure to buy one as soon as possible, and encourage your friends and family to keep safe too. View the full article
  19. The soupy air in Lahore is ?hazardous? to breathe, especially for young children: Air Quality Index. Photo: AFPThick, gray and toxic smog has descended on Punjab again. According to an Air Quality Index, the soupy air in Lahore is...
  20. Isn't Diwali the festival of lights? Who made it the festival of firecrackers? Like what's even the point of crackers. All they do is create noise and just worsen the already bad air. But, even after seeing how bad the smog in Delhi has been, people did not learn their lesson and continued bursting crackers, that too way past the permitted time, since Delhi people can do whatever the **** they want because “woh dilli se hai, bc”. So, obviously the air is worse, and people can't breathe. Not a big deal, right? It's not like we need oxygen to survive or anything. But, some genius people found a way to breathe properly and even burst crackers. They wore breathing masks while bursting crackers. For real. Take some time for the irony to sink in. No words for these smart people! Wearing mask and bursting crackers..#DelhiPollution pic.twitter.com/qBl8OV5quZ — Happie Soul! (@_Happie_Soul_) November 8, 2018 Turns out this was happening everywhere. Amazing. Tonight I saw people bursting crackers in Delhi while wearing breathing masks. We are truly special. #Diwali #DelhiSmog — TCA Sharad Raghavan (@SharadRaghavan) November 7, 2018 We're a confused city. Two kids bursting crackers with a face mask on just shows how confused Delhi is. #AirQuality #DelhiChokes #DiwaliHorror #delhi — Dhruv (@drooviee) November 8, 2018 Really giving a literal meaning to 'go **** yourself'. People in delhi burning crackers while putting on a mask. pic.twitter.com/dfJbIJrAMK — Dh (@_xLNc) November 8, 2018 Seriously what's wrong? A guy outside My home bursting crackers wearing a Maskðð Delhihites, What's wrong with you people? ð¤¦ð»‍âï¸ð¤¦ð»‍âï¸#CrackerBan #DiwaliCelebration — MéÄhâ BíÅhÅ£ (@mebi31) November 7, 2018 Great parenting. Amusing -parents helping kids to fire up fire crackers wearing pollution masks. similar to parents driving on wrong side to drop kids to 'schools'. What govt. can do about that?@Delhi_Pollution #pollution pic.twitter.com/pifybFDxAO — Piuesh (@piueshjain) November 8, 2018 I really have no words. Delhi after 10pm. Sounds getting louder and louder. Meanwhile, saw few people bursting crackers with masks on. I mean..... pic.twitter.com/91qW7LUhAF — Ragnor Lothbrok (@vishalsinha1810) November 7, 2018 Wow. My neighbor is bursting crackers while wearing a medical grade pollution mask. The irony of the situation is lost on him. #WhatAHappyDiwali #Diwali2018 #DiwaliPollutionTracker #Diwali — Adhunik Manav (@AdhunikManav) November 7, 2018 But they don't get it. Irony is that people bursting crackers and using mask same time. pic.twitter.com/TBiGd6qfMO — DDS (@DDelta_Sera) November 8, 2018 What a jugaad. Delhi: Is polluted. Other people: Maybe I shouldn't burst crackers this Diwali... Dilliwale, the intellectuals: Breathing mask pehen kar pataakhe jala lunga BC! Jugaad! Based on true incidents.#Diwali — Nadeesh Bhambi (@NadeeshBhambi) November 7, 2018 Why are people so confused? Just saw a guy in Ghatkopar west wearing a mask and bursting crackers on the road! Simple question why? #PollutionFreeDiwali — Manan Nagda (@Manan1N) November 7, 2018 Not acceptable at all. Yesterday I saw a person with an N95 mask on and burning crackers. I swear if I was not in my senses, I would have slapped him hard. I mean you know the are is not suitable for breathing but still you want to make it worse. Not acceptable! #HappyDiwali — Vineett (@vineetjn34) November 8, 2018 Because people are stupid. Saw a kid wearing a mask and still bursting crackers. When the smoke is so bad for health why burn crackers in the first place ð — Zoya Fatima (@fatima_zoya26) November 7, 2018 Just kept themselves safe. Professor : What innovative thing you had done in this Diwali Student : I followed the guidelines of Supreme Court regarding pollution in Delhi Professor : What you did then Student : I burned all the crackers by wearing mask to keep myself safe from pollution — Rahul Hans Chaudhary (@hans_chaudhary) November 7, 2018 A joke. What do you call a person who burst crackers while wearing pollution mask? — Tarique Anwer (@tanwer_m) November 7, 2018 Painful, painful death. Just saw a father son duo wearing pollution mask while burning crackers in #gurgaon .#Irony died a painful death .#HappyDiwali — Neeraj Khanna (@khannaneeraj) November 7, 2018 Everyone is choking, tho. I just saw an 8-9 year old girl bursting crackers at 7 am this morning with a face mask on! Hat tip to the parents! Irony just choked on the pollution! — Nirav Shah (@pappupager) November 6, 2018 No words, tbh. Basically –
  21. Air purifiers have become immensely popular in the last few years because of alarming levels of increasing air pollution in major cities around the country. In the northern parts of India, the winters bring along a heavy dose of smog that contains a mixture of poisonous gases. With depleting forests and uncontrolled crop burning, relief is nowhere in sight. It makes perfect sense to buy an air purifier right now because it not only takes care of allergies that come along with the changing season but also helps in preventing respiratory health issues. Due to bad air quality indoors, people especially children and the elderly can become vulnerable to lung diseases and allergies. Air purifiers can improve the indoor air quality within a span of 1 – 2 hours. They are efficient in removing remove ultra-fine particles, dust, pollen, harmful gases, bacteria, virus and other irritants. We've made a list of recommended air purifiers keeping in mind their HEPA filtration, clean air delivery rate, sound, and price. 1. Mi Air Purifier 2S © Xiaomi We have been using it for the last few weeks and it's among the best you can buy in India. The recently announced purifier perfectly purifies air and makes it odour-free and allergen-free within a short span of time. It a Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) of 310m³/hr and can effectively clean air in a space of up to 37m². The particulate matter sensor detects particles as small as 0.3μm and boasts a 3-Layer filtration that removes large airborne particles such as dust and hair as well as micron-sized particles and harmful bacteria. It's more than just a purifier though. It packs a dose of smarts you don't see in most competitors, such as Wi-fi connectivity and remote management from the Mi Home app. The fan never stops spinning unless you power the device down and Xiaomi says, the custom-made motor draws a mere 4.8 watts in normal operation. A small OLED display quickly shows the Air Quality Index (AQI). BUY IT here 2. Honeywell Air Touch A5 © Honeywell It comes with a washable HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Arrest) filter that removes larger dust particles and combined with a carbon filter it also removes any microscopic pollutant and allergens above 0.3 microns. It covers an area of 30m² meters and has a CADR of 250³/hr. A small digital control panel shows the AQI and the purifier can be completely controlled from this panel. The purifier has approximately 3000 hours of filter life. The design is sleek and premium, though it hogs in power at 53 watts. BUY IT HERE 3. Philips AeraSense 2000 © Philips Compared to Honeywell, Philips air purifier spreads clean and fresh air to a maximum coverage area with higher CADR rate. It has 3 automatic purification settings- general, sensitive allergen mode and powerful bacteria & virus modes to clean air within a range of 35m². It has a CADR of 333m3/hr and uses HEPA filtration along with a nano protect filter for eliminating the dust particles. The user can customize the fan speed in 3 turbo modes: high, medium and low. The device is made with Vitashield IPS material in an aerodynamic design to prevent from breaking. BUY IT HERE 4. Atlanta Healthcare Beta 350 © Atlanta Healthcare It is ideal for use in homes, offices, hotels, hospitals, as well as other commercial premises. It sports a 7-stage air purification technology consisting of a pre-filter, HEPA filter, carbon, anti-bacterial filter, photocatalyst, UV, and ionizer. For ease of use, it comes with a remote control and requires lesser power at 43 watts. It can clean air within the range of 30m² but has a lower CADR rate of 170m³/hr. It is built for usage over a long duration, though the purifier is made built with of polycarbonate. BUY IT HERE 5. Dyson Pure Cool © Dyson Packed with IoT features, voice commands, diffused air flow mode and more, the device is recommended for those who want a premium offering. It has a fully-sealed filter system combined with a Tris-impregnated activated carbon filter to remove gases/VOCs/ odours, and a Glass HEPA filter. The combination can capture microscopic allergens and pollutants as small as 0.1 microns. It can oscillate up to 350 degrees, cover a room of 600 sq. feet. with a very high CADR. Other features include easy scheduling, 10 air-speed settings, auto mode, night-time mode, sleep timer, and an easy-to-clean aperture with no fast-spinning blades. BUY IT HERE 6. Blueair Sense + © Blueair The Sense+ isn't power hungry draws around 7W at the lowest fan speed while scaling to about 46W at its highest. It has a feather-touch display on the top that lets you toggle through the different settings. The panel also notifies you when it's time to change the filters. It can also be connected via WiFi to toggle settings. A single filter can last up to 4380 hours of constant use and it can cover an area of 300 sq. feet. It delivers high-performance thanks to HEPASilent technology, which combines electrostatic and mechanical filtration technologies. It is also available in multiple colour options. BUY IT HERE 7. Philips Series 3000 © Philips The Series 3000 AC3821 air purifier by has a digital display to show you the current PM2.5 levels in the air. It also comes with a humidifying feature that can increase the humidity in the air by up to 60 percent. It can remove particles as small as 0.2 microns and work in a room larger than 90m². 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  22. Not everyone enjoys the sound of crackers and the bustle of the Diwali party, and for those of us, heading to a nice peaceful place is the ideal alternative. So we are here to sort out your Diwali plans, with the 7 best places to head to for the festival. Celebrate the festival of lights with a few diyas, some solitude, in one of these brilliant places. Spend time with yourself on a solo trip, or with your loved ones away from the noise, pollution, and the smog. So pack up your backpack, and head to one of these beautiful places. Sikkim © Wikimedia Commons The hills are obviously a great place to head to during this time. Sikkim is a place that sees a lot of rain during the non-winter months, so going right before winter is actually a pretty great time. It's not too hot, it's not too cold, although it is quite nippy. Much of the population there celebrates Diwali, though it is a lot less showy than what you may get in other states. You can head directly to Gangtok now, and check-in in a small village homestay where you can enjoy the simple Diwali. Make sure to pack your trekking gear, and a backpack , as the landscape is perfect for hikes and treks. Andaman Islands © Flickr Before the crowds start flocking to the Andaman Islands come December, take your chance to see it, minus the huge tourist crowd. These secluded islands make for a great escape. And while you are there, you will be far away from any noise pollution, or smog, whatsoever. You do need the whole week for this vacation, so don't pack too light. The weather is quite pleasant during this time as well. Make sure to pack beach essentials into a bag, and some sunscreen. Varanasi © Pixabay Head to Varanasi this Diwali to see the beautiful aarti they are known all over the country for. Although you will see a lot of crowd there, the experience is unlike any other that you will have. The banks of the Ganges are adorned by millions of lights, celebrating the victory of good over evil. As one of the most deeply connected places for Hinduism and its celebrations, the whole atmosphere is filled with culture and a connection to tradition. There may be some crackers and smoke, so be prepared for that, while you soak up the sights of a million lit diyas as you ride on a boat along the river. Rajasthan © Amer Fort/Pixabay Rajasthan's many forts and hills offer something that most places in India cannot give you: a fantastic view of the city. You can pick any of the beautiful and historic cities, or take the week off to cover a few places. You can climb up Nahargarh in Jaipur and look down upon the city with all its houses lit up for Diwali. At Udaipur, spend time by the lake as you experience the fireworks, and the palace, being reflected in the waters. You can also head to Jaisalmer or Kumbhalgarh fort for an authentic Rajput experience. Sri Lanka © Tangalle Beach/ Flickr Sri Lanka is the land of Ravana, so it does have a lot of symbolic significance to Diwali and the story of Ram. Unlike what you may expect, many people there celebrate Diwali. The Hindu population, which is mostly present in the central and eastern part of the island nation, celebrate Diwali with a quaint simplicity. The festival is about the lighting of lamps and distributing sweets, especially sugar figurines called 'misri.' Rent a bungalow along the seaside and enjoy this colourful ceremonies that are relatively quieter and simpler than what we are used to. Hampi © Wikimedia Commons Diwali is celebrated in Hampi in a big way, the wonderful and grand architecture creating the perfect backdrop for the celebrations. The people of Hampi light up the town with lights, and you can walk around during the evening enjoying the sights. The city is also great for backpackers and travelers, so if firecrackers and celebrations in the bazaar area is not your cup of coffee, then spend time at any of the city's cafes. You can also visit the Virupaksha temple to witness some special ceremonial functions during the evening. There is also a local procession where the temple elephant is decked up and participates in the celebration. Bali © Bratan Lake/ Pexels Bali is another one of those rare places that are known for the celebration of Diwali. Although the majority of Indonesia is Muslim, Bali has a decidedly large Hindu population who celebrate the festival of lights in their own way. The legend of Ram and Sita is also a big part of the region's culture and mythology. They celebrate it much like we do here in India, but with local touches. So head to Bali to experience the festival in a new way. Ready to head out into adventure this Diwali?
  23. If one were to take a look at the World Health Organization's list of the most polluted cities in the world, you'd come to an alarming and dangerous realization - 11 out of the 12 most polluted cities in the world are currently in India. In fact, the figures for Delhi and NCR are so bad that it has virtually become a toxic gas chamber, one that is incredibly hazardous to even the healthiest of people. This isn't all that surprising, considering the fact that the Diwali season (that also coincides with stubble burning) ends up causing an enormous uptick in air pollution in Indian cities, especially those located in North India. Needless to say, this isn't an ideal or healthy situation to be in, and it's going to get worse before it gets better. And so on that note, here are 5 lifestyle changes you NEED to make in order to deal with the hazardous smog that is engulfing the atmosphere. 1) Get Yourself An Air Purifier © Amazons Air purifiers are pretty much a godsend when it comes to dealing with the alarming levels of pollution in the air. After all, with Diwali just a few days away, these pollution levels are almost certain to go up. As such, investing in an air purifier for yourself makes a lot of sense, especially since it will, at the very least, help ensure that you are breathing cleaner air in your own house. Pro tip: You can get yourself an air purifier by clicking here 2) Avoid Going Outdoors For The Next Few Days © Unsplash We've often heard people say that getting out of your house, for morning runs or evening walks, is a great way to stay healthy. While that is certainly true in most cases, it will actually end up having the opposite effect these days, with the rising levels of smog and air pollution actually make it hazardous to be out in the open. As such, staying indoors as much as you can, especially when you have an air purifier in your house, makes for a really good idea. 3) If You are Going Outdoors, Make Sure You Invest In Pollution Masks © Amazon While manufacturing companies come up with masks to match your wardrobes and wallet sizes, wearing one has become almost essential. Especially with winters onsetting and pollution levels rising, it's imperative that you get your masks before they become high on demand and low on supply. While you make this purchase, be sure to check for the specifications and get the right one. Pro tip: You can get yourself a pollution mask by clicking here 4) Take Special Care Of Your Skin & Hair © Thinkstock/Getty Images While your lungs bear the brunt of poor environmental policies and worse sensibilities, your hair and skin will not be spared either. So needless to say, taking care of your skin and hair should be a priority for you. Fortunately for you, there are a range of products available to help you do just that, including body lotions, face washes and hair serums. 5) Don't Forget About Eye-Care As Well © Thinkstock Photos If you have stepped out on a smoky road with your eyes watering , then you know what we're talking about. This harmful and toxic pollution doesn't just harm your skin and your lungs, it also harms your eyes. So wear eye-glasses as much as possible and wash your eyes with cold water as often as possible to make sure you're properly practicing eye-care.
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