Due to extremely dangerous pollution, the Indian Medical Association has issued a public health emergency in Delhi on Tuesday. People have been warned not to leave their homes, and schools have been shut down.
On Tuesday, the city awoke to an unsafe level of pollution. The declining quality of the air is attributed to moisture fusing with pollutants to swallow the city in a thick layer of hazy fog.
The level of pollution Delhi is experiencing is equivalent to someone smoking 50 cigarettes per day according to The Guardian
The IMA also is calling for the city’s half-marathon to be cancelled to avoid health consequences.
Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi, compared the city to a gas chamber. The concentrates of fine pollutants are the most worrying. Smaller than 2.5 micrometers, they can penetrate the blood-brain barrier. These particles can contain dangerous chemicals like lead, arsenic, cadmium, and mercury. These pollutants can have a terrible effect on your body.
Schools will continue to be closed Wednesday and potentially even longer if conditions continue. The government is urging for people to stay indoors.
The air quality is now at “severe” and continues to worsen.
(Source: ZeeNews India )