Winter fog and air pollution may increase effect of corona virus says environment and health expert dlpg


New Delhi. Winter season is going on in the country. The cases of Omicron, the new variant of Corona, are also increasing. At the same time, more than seven thousand cases of other variants of Corona are also being reported daily. Due to the severe cold, fog has also started falling. The level of pollution in many cities including Delhi-NCR also remains in the very poor category. Therefore, health experts believe that these adverse environmental conditions can make the corona virus effective and it can increase the problems of the people.

Former Additional MHO of Delhi Municipal Corporation (MCD), Dr. Satpal tells in a conversation with News18 Hindi that when air-borne corona virus, air pollution and fog mix together, they form dangerous alliances. Just like air pollution is harmful, similarly the condition of dense fog is also not good for the people. As it has been seen that whenever there is fog, the air becomes stable and does not blow as fast as in summer. Due to which the pollution and dust particles in the environment, they get frozen in the fog itself. In the absence of air, these particles are very low in the atmosphere, even when a person breathes, they take these particles inside. In such a situation, if there is a virus like corona virus in the air, then the person inhales that too, which becomes harmful.

Dr. Satpal says that due to fog, both the pollution and the virus present in the air stay in the same place for a long time, the effect of which is that all the people who leave that place pass between both the virus and the pollution. and inhale it. This is the reason why pollution also affects a lot in cold countries or cold weather and the corona virus is also more likely to affect it.

At the same time, Vivek Chattopadhyay, an air pollution expert at the Center for Science and Environment, says that ventilation of the environment is also necessary to reduce the effects of any virus or pollution. Whereas during fog the air remains stagnant and pollution or virus easily takes place in the fog. In such a situation, it is possible that both of them affect more in fog. As it was said even after the outbreak of corona virus, keep indoor ventilation good to weaken the virus. Wherever you live in office or home, keep cross ventilation so that the air can flow through and the virus does not stay in one place, it can fly away with the wind. In such a situation, ventilation is necessary in outdoor as well as indoor. If it doesn’t, then there is definitely a problem.

Its effect is also happening in European countries
Vivek says that in European countries it is cold and there is foggy weather. Although there is less pollution but still the corona virus is affecting a lot due to fog and cold and no wind, so it can be considered as a reason. Vivek says that there have been estimates on this in India so far but no study has come. That is why it is necessary to wear masks etc. Even while passing through the fog, try not to inhale the air directly.

Virus becomes stronger in pollution
Vivek says that in a recent study it was revealed that immunity is affected a lot due to air pollution. Since the virus catches only a person with weak immunity, the effect of the virus increases by 10 to 15 percent due to air pollution. A person with weak immunity is easily caught by the virus. At the same time, there is one more thing that there is no pollution in the summer season, but it happens in the cold season, so it can be said that the cold is also directly related to the effect of the virus.

Tags: air pollution, Corona Virus, COVID 19

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