Children and the elderly advised to stay inside due to dust cloud

By TPN/Lusa, in News, Algarve, Health & Environment · 31-03-2021 12:17:00 · 2 Comments

The Directorate-General for Health has advised children, the elderly and patients with respiratory and cardiovascular problems to stay inside while the dust cloud from North Africa remains in the air.

In a statement made available on their website, the DGS states that this North African air mass that is causing “poor air quality on the mainland” is due to continue through 31 March, but its effect may be weakened with the occurrence of predicted rainfall in some areas of the country, reducing particulate concentrations in the air.

"This pollutant (inhalable particles - PM10) has effects on human health, especially in the most sensitive population, namely children and the elderly, whose health care must be redoubled during the occurrence of these situations", reminds the DGS, advising the general population to avoid intense and outdoor exercise.

"In case of worsening symptoms, contact Linha Saúde 24 (808 24 24 24) or go to a health centre", concludes the DGS.

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A lot of fuss over a bit of dust.

By Ian from Lisbon on 31-03-2021 09:29

Not only does it contain harmful pollutants but radiation too from previous french nuclear testing in the sahara desert.
Filthy contaminated air on top of all the diesel fumes here.

By James from Algarve on 31-03-2021 03:25
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