Long term effects of current pollution levels on your health
Pollution from any source be it air, water or the environment is very harmful and has serious negative impact on health and our body.
Air pollution can be very deleterious to our body and health specially lungs, heart. Some major causes of air pollution include fumes coming out of vehicles, burning gases or coal emits harmful smoke, burning of tobacco etc.
Places which are densely populated like metro towns are impacted the most as people flock them from everywhere. Delhi/NCR is notorious worldwide for being surrounded by a heavy thick blanket of pollution. When October comes, Delhi becomes worst and air quality deteriorates. But it’s the residents of busy cities whos health is compromised the most. The air quality index drops to severe category in metro cities in India.
What is Air Pollution?
air pollution in city
Air pollution can be caused by air that is present outdoor and indoor.
Pollution present outdoor is caused by fumes emission from vehicles, harmful or toxic gases like sulfur oxide, burning of coal etc.
Indoor air pollution consists of household chemicals, harmful gases, such as carbon monoxide or radon, building materials, such as lead or asbestos, pollen etc.
As per WHO or world health organization the major pollutants are:
particulate matter consisting of suspended solids and liquid droplets
nitrogen and sulfur dioxide
What makes Delhi’s air so polluted?
air pollution in city
Delhi/NCR is highly polluted due to the following causes;
more number of people in the city
North-western winds after the withdrawal of monsoon.
Harmful emission from cars
Inert pollutants from Construction and Demolition activities
Drift/Mist emissions from wet cooling towers
Rice crop burning is a major issue
Lon-term health consequences of air pollution
women in mask
Studies have proven that air pollution causes lung diseases like asthma, COPD etc
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
COPD is a lung disease which causes difficulty in breathing. Such diseases impact the lungs and make it difficult to breathe.
Pollutants in the air can enter our lung passages and damage it.
Studies show that even our hearts can be affected from air pollution and can lead to serious heart issues.
As per research, women who ae pregnant can have a pretrem delivery because of air pollution.
Life span is reduced
Eyes, ears are irritated
Damage to essential organs
Damage to nervous system
People who are most susceptible to be impacted by air pollution
Person with face mask
Patients with heart ailments
Patients with lung diseases like COPD, asthma
Women who are pregnant
People who work outdoors
People above fifty years or old people
Small children below fourteen years
Athletes who remain outdoors for long
Such people are more prone to harmful effects of pollution.