Air pollution: People with long-term COVID-19 need extra precautions in polluted air, study finds

New Delhi, October 8: Pollution has no immediate effect on your health and according to health experts, the harmful effects show up years later. However, those suffering or recovering from long Covid are at greater risk this year as air pollution knocks on our doorsteps in northern India.

While the Punjab Pollution Control Board says it will take 4-5 years to solve the stubble burning problem, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal recently announced a 15-point winter action plan to tackle air pollution, with stubble burning remaining a major concern at the moment. of the year. US researchers identify factors that can lead to long symptoms of COVID-19.

According to Gyanendra Agarwal, Director of Department of Internal Medicine, Respiratory Medicine and Critical Care, Jaypee Hospital, Noida, one should avoid strenuous activities, go out and do outdoor physical activity like cycling, jogging etc. early in the morning and in the evening. . Omicron: Long COVID-19 remains a risk for people infected with new variant despite mild illness, says US disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci.

“Patients who have recovered from Covid-19 and who are suffering from respiratory illness should keep their inhaler and medication close at hand and follow the precautionary advice above, Agarwal told IANS. They should drink plenty of water as it clears the airways of the body and take herbal tea, ginger tea and green tea as they help the body eliminate toxins.

According to a study by the University of Southern California (USC) which analyzed the medical records of Kaiser Permanente Southern California (KPSC) patients.

“These results are important because they show that while Covid vaccines are successful in reducing the risk of hospitalization, vaccinated people exposed to air pollution are still at increased risk of worse outcomes than vaccinated people not exposed to air pollution. the air,” Anny said. Xiang, study author and senior researcher at KPSC.

Muzaffar Izamuddin, design manager, environmental protection at Dyson, told IANS that every year during this season we tend to see an increase in AQI levels and this year is not no different. According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) bulletin, the AQI in Delhi on October 5 was 211. An AQI between 201 and 300 is considered low”.

“Although air quality is now a concern, outdoor air is only part of the problem. Every day we can breathe up to 9,000 liters of air and breathe more pollutants indoors as we spend up to 90% of our time behind closed doors,” Izamuddin informed.

As our homes increasingly become spaces where we work, exercise, sleep and play, the quality of the air we breathe in all aspects of our routine is non-negotiable. “We empower people to breathe cleaner air and enjoy hygienic homes, taking back control of their indoor environment,” he added.

In the long term, pollution is linked to an increase in cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases, which are in turn associated with more severe Covid symptoms, researchers said in an article published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. . In the short term, exposure to air pollution can worsen inflammation in the lungs and could even impair the immune response to the virus, they said.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on October 08, 2022 at 8:01 PM IST. For more news and updates on Politics, World, Sports, Entertainment and Lifestyle , log in to our website

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