Thursday, September 29, 2022

Saint Lucians Urged To Protect Themselves From Saharan Dust

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The Ministry of Health has issued a Saharan dust advisory, urging Saint Lucians to take measures to protect themselves.

In a statement Tuesday, the Ministry disclosed that the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) had advised that  high concentrations of Saharan Dust are expected to affect the Eastern and South-eastern Caribbean over the next two to three days.

As a result, the statement noted that it is highly likely that, during this period, particulate
matter levels will be above the outdoor air quality guidelines that have been established by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Therefore, the Ministry explained that  there may be an increase in symptoms in people with asthma and other respiratory illnesses.

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According to the Ministry, given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is even more important that people wear face masks to contain droplets from sneezing and coughing.

The Ministry also warned that the continued deterioration in air quality may pose additional problems for those most vulnerable.

In this regard, it urged  people with allergies, sinusitis, asthma and respiratory
conditions to be on the alert for flare-ups in their condition and seek medical attention if they experience difficulty breathing.

The Ministry also encouraged those individuals to limit outdoor activities and ensure they
use properly fitting masks when they go outside.

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