New Delhi: Delhi’s air quality continues to remain in the ‘very poor’ category for the eighth consecutive day on Sunday, as per the System of Air Quality & Weather Forecasting & Research (SAFAR). However, the overall Air Quality Index decreased from 355 on Saturday to 347 today. Earlier on Wednesday, announcing emergency measures to reduce pollution, Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai said that there will be 100 per cent work from home for the government departments till November 21. Construction and demolition work has also been banned till November 21 in Delhi, while schools and other educational institutes will remain closed in the national capital until further orders, Rai had informed.
According to experts, people with no past history of respiratory troubles are also developing lung-related problems due to air pollution. Dr Rajesh Kumar Gupta, the Additional Director of Pulmonology and Critical Care at Fortis, Noida said, “We are breathing toxic air every day. Everyone from every age group is suffering, be it children or elderly, or young people with normal lung functions or those with diseased lungs, be it from COVID-19 or other lung diseases like asthma, COPD or others. We cannot categorise them into two. People with normal lungs or those with lung defects, pollution is affecting both populations badly.”
“Those with normal lungs are able to take it on a little better, but those with compromised lungs, get sicker. If your lungs, which are the main breathing machine, are affected, then they can experience any pollution-related infection, pneumonia, asthma, even routine nasal congestion, headache, cough, breathlessness, which everyone staying in the NCR is feeling,” he added.
(With Inputs from ANI)