5 tips for coping with air pollution PM2.5
In Thailand, particularly in Bangkok and surrounding areas, a cloud of ultra-fine dust particles known as PM2.5 has recently returned. According to the Pollution Control Department (PCD), the concentration of PM2.5 pollutants should not exceed the PCD's safe threshold of 50 µg/m³. If the number is greater than this threshold level, these fine particulate matters can substantially cause a wide range of health problems including respiratory disease and heart disease. Avoidance of pollution exposure greatly helps to prevent health related conditions caused by PM2.5.
5 Tips for coping with PM2.5
1) Wearing N95 masks every time during exposure to the environment
2) Avoidance of leaving the building if unnecessary
3) Open air activities should be avoided or limited. If necessary, duration of activities must be as short as possible and N95 masks must be worn at all times.
4) Staying healthy and taking good care of respiratory system e.g. prevention of flu, bronchitis and sinusitis.
5) Being aware of abnormal signs and symptoms. If any symptoms present, immediate medical attention must be sough.
In addition, young children, elderly people and people with certain underlying diseases are susceptible to get sick due to this air pollution. Therefore, special attention and care must be provided.
Senior Director of Chest and Respiratory Center, Bangkok Hospital.
For more information, please contact:
Chest and Respiratory Center, Bangkok Hospital.
Tel: +662-310-3000 or 1719 (local call only)