[ April 2, 2014 ]
A combination of extremely high levels of air pollution and Sahara dust storms are spreading across Southern England, and are affecting areas including London and the South of Wales.
People who are vulnerable and are prone to breathing difficulties, including the elderly, have been warned to stay indoors as much as possible in order to avoid being affected by the unusually high levels of air pollution that are currently affecting England. The high levels of air pollution that are covering the South of England are being caused by a surge of strong inland pollution combined with powerful dust storms that are being swept in by strong gales from the Sahara desert located in the North of Africa.
The outbreak of the smog comes weeks after France experienced heavy pollution in its capital, which led to people being restricted on using their cars and other variations of public transport. Experts have stated that the emissions that are being produced consist of tiny particles of dust, which people are then breathing in and taking into their system. This can then cause immediate problems for those who are vulnerable and who already have breathing difficulties, and can also contribute to longer life term problems including heart disease and increase the possibility of a stroke.
Unfortunately, air pollution levels this high don’t disappear straight away. Experts have suggested that levels will slowly decrease over time. In the mean time if you know someone who will be particularly vulnerable, be sure to check on them whilst levels remain at a high. Health experts have stated various symptoms and tell tale signs of someone who shows signs of being affected by air pollution. The symptoms of air pollution consist of excess coughing (more so than usual), sore throats and sore eyes, and being unusually out of breath.
Try and avoid opening windows if possible, this will only let the polluted air particles stick to various materials inside of someones home. Experts have reconvened to avoid strenuous activity if possible. If you do know someone who will be particularly vulnerable to the high levels of air pollution, be sure to check on them from time to time.