Bangkok and several other cities in Thailand are current experiencing very poor air quality due to pollution. Conditions are set to improve in the coming days, but pose a serious health risk in the meantime.

From the World Air Quality Index –


From the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Urban areas across Thailand, especially in Bangkok, are currently experiencing poor air quality and high PM 2.5 levels. This may aggravate bronchial, sinus or asthma conditions. Children, the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions may be especially affected. You can check air quality levels for many cities in real time on the World Air Quality Index website.

Please click through here for the rest of the advisory, including contact information.

Advice

Pollution levels like these can trigger health problems in lots of people, especially those with pre-existing respiratory or circulation issues, the elderly and the young.

The British Lung Foundation offers this advice on precautions to take –

  • Reduce or avoid strenuous, outdoor exercise. If you have a lung condition, exercise has many benefits, so if possible, keep doing your exercise indoors in a well-ventilated room or gym.
  • Stay away from pollution hotspots such as main roads and busy road junctions.
  • Try to get to work a little earlier before rush hour has begun and levels of pollution have built up.
  • If you cycle, run or walk as part of your commute, use back streets away from the bulk of vehicle congestion.
  • Make sure you carry your reliever inhaler with you if you use one.
  • If you have asthma, use your preventer inhaler regularly.
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