Smog-Like Conditions Expected to Remain in UK until Friday
Dust storm from Sahara coupled with industrial pollution have plummeted air quality level in England. The environment department predicted that air pollution level could be at the top level on its 10-point scale.
This has led British authorities to warn people with lung and heart conditions to avoid exertion. In the worst affected areas of England, leading experts have asked schools to keep children indoors. Professor Frank Kelly from King's College London said keeping children indoors would definitely reduce the risk of long-term health effects.
In fact on Wednesday, some school children were kept indoors at lunchtime to prevent them from catching breathing ailments. Kelly said this approach would work as when children play outside, they tend to breathe deeper.
The smog-like condition is expected to remain till Friday. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) informed that this morning, pollution level was at nine in the South East, Greater London and Eastern England.
"Whether home-produced or arriving from the continent, the tiny particles we take into our bodies with each breath cause immediate problems for some individuals such as those with asthma", affirmed Prof. Kelly.
Dr. Helen Dacre from the University of Reading was also of the same view. She affirmed that toxic gases like nitrogen oxide and ozone, fine dust particles in the air coming from Sahara and from burning fossil fuels lead to problems among people having heart, lung and breathing problems.
Kay Boycott, chief executive of Asthma UK, also warned asthma patients that they should be having a working blue reliever inhaler and also have preventive inhalers as prescribed to them.