Inhaling Delhi air equal to smoking 44 cigarettes daily

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The residents India have recently noticed a white haze plunging across the city of Delhi, the Indian capital. The condition is a development from an earlier mild irritant atmosphere. After a few days, the devastating effects of pollution were crystal clear as the city occupants fought to try and adapt to the new uncomfortable conditions. The impact of the present situation has caused significantly reduced visibility, resulting in cancelling of trains, delayed flights and piling of cars and numerous car accidents across Delhi. The current condition is a city under siege heightened by the strangely long actions of the Delhi administration.

The government of Delhi on Tuesday afternoon ordered the immediate closure of all private and public schools forcing thousands of students to stay home. The following day, city chiefs put a stop civil construction projects and also barred trucks from coming into the city. On Thursday, city chiefs made it known their plan of issuing a partial injunction on private vehicle use in a week’ time. Four days into the heavily polluted weather and doctors and journalists continue to warn residents of the longstanding health effect of the current conditions.

According to the US embassy air quality readings, Delhi has had dangerous levels in the recent times, reaching the 1000 mark at one instance. Any reading above the 25 mark is considered unsafe by the WHO (world health organization). The translation is a basis of exceptional particulate matter concentration measured each cubic meter. The very tiny particles are incredibly harmful since they are small enough to penetrate deeply into the lungs as well as passing to other organs resulting in wellbeing risks. Cases of chest aches, burning eyes and rapid difficulties have been reported across the city, according to doctors.

Berkeley Earth, the science research group, says that inhaling air containing PM2.5 content of a range of 950 to 1000 is roughly equivalent to smoking forty-four cigarettes in one day. Expert attribute the current pollution levels in Delhi to a blend road dust, garbage fire smokes and vehicle exhaust fumes. Delhi’s chief minister referred to Delhi as a gas chamber in one of his tweets.

The only people who seem to be benefiting from the disaster are mask and air cleansers selling stores. The said stores have reportedly had a considerable increase in sales as people try to moderate the harmful effects of the smog. However, those who cannot afford the masks continue to endure the conditions helplessly.
Swati Kashyap, a college student in the capital, complained of her eyes tearing up as a result of the smoke as she waited to board a bus. As he talks between coughs, Yogesh Kumar who is a taxi driver says that his doctor has always told him to wear a mask, but he ignored.

The improvised masks feature a piece of cloth to cover the mouth beneath a helmet or a headscarf. Fatima has been wearing the scarf for a month now covering the whole face except for eyes and glasses. Covering the upper part because her religion requires so, and the lower part because of pollution demands so.