Tuesday, 3 November 2020

Health Advisory Against Bursting of Fire Crackers During Diwali and Festivals

By 121 News

Chandigarh Nov. 03, 2020:- With approaching winter and the deteriorating air quality in Chandigarh, more and more people will be susceptible to cough and cold.  The constant threat of COVID-19 looming over them further pollution of the air by bursting crackers and fireworks will be dangerous for people with weak lungs. Several studies conducted in Italy and the US have shown increased pollution is linked to higher rates of mortality due to COVID-19. Studies have also shown that 15% of COVID Deaths are due to air pollution and case fatality rate of COVID-19 can increase in elderly and persons with co-morbidity.

As winter, sets in dry air could aggravate breathing difficulties, especially among those suffering from lung ailments. If we add smoke to the ambient air by bursting crackers, then it could turn out to be a recipe for disaster. The poisonous gas that is emitted from crackers and fireworks is particularly dangerous for people who are suffering from COVID-19 whether in hospital or in quarantine.  Even those who have recovered from the COVID-19 virus will become vulnerable if we do not restrain ourselves during Diwali.  

The Director Health Services advises that people should stay indoors and desist from bursting fire crackers during festival season in order to prevent air pollution and to protect the elderly and people with co-morbidities. Public cooperation in this will help in keeping the transmission of COVID-19 under control and decrease the risk of mortality due to COVID-19 in the coming winter months.

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