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Pollution hitting dangerous levels in northern India

Pollution has been hitting dangerous levels in National capital and other parts of northern India; in the month of November. The pollution levels have shown a sharp deterioration from October when people breathed cleanest air in four years.

The pollution from crop burning coinciding with Diwali is one of the greatest reasons for the deterioration of the air quality index. This time of the year notices drop in temperature and pollutants get trapped in the air in thick winter fogs and smog. 

Should people with allergy take coronavirus vaccine?

Should people with allergy take the COVID 19 vaccine? The answer is ‘NO’. In case of COVID 19 vaccines, if anyone has known allergy to any of the ingredients used to develop the vaccine, they are not advised to take is as it may have fatal consequences. To avoid this situation, inform your healthcare provider about the any medical condition you may have. Also, if you were not aware of your allergies, and develop allergic symptoms after the first dose, you are not advised to take the second dose.

The ingredients included in Covishield vaccine are histidine, L-histidine hydrochloride monohydrate, magnesium chloride hexahydrate, polysorbate 80, ethanol, sucrose, sodium chloride, disodium edetate dihydrate, water for injection. 

Mumbai witnesses a rise in Dengue type 2 cases

A steep rise in dengue subtype 2 cases has emerged as another health challenge in Maharashtra and other different parts of the country. Common symptoms noted in case Dengue type 2 are headaches, shooting pain in eyeballs, nausea, joint, bone, or muscle pains, and rashes. As a result, civic authorities will intensify indoor inspection of mosquito-breeding spots. They are also spreading awareness about preventing stagnating fresh water and self-medication. 

WHO releases new Global air quality guidelines

WHO says that air pollution kills 7 million annually, toughens guidelines. WHO has adjusted almost all the air quality guideline levels downwards, warning that exceeding the new recommended level is linked with significant health risks. The guidelines are intended to protect people from the adverse effects of air pollution and should be used by governments as a reference for legally binding standards.

WHO’s new guidelines recommend air quality levels for six pollutants, where adequate evidence has accumulated regarding their adverse effects from exposure. The guidelines also highlight good practices for the management of certain types of particulate matter (outdoor and indoor environment), for which evidence to guide the development of guidelines is lacking. 

Air purifiers to prevent allergies: How effective?

Air purifiers are intended to clean the air in a room by trapping allergens and circulating the filtered, clean air back into the space. Considering the pollution levels, pollen, and dust in the air, removing these airborne irritant particles becomes imperative. In addition, high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters also remove particles more than 0.3 microns, such as animal dander, another common allergy trigger. While different types of air purifiers offer different benefits, an air purifier with a HEPA filter during the peak dust and pollen season will effectively remove the source of allergy. 

Allergy vs. COVID-19 symptoms

With the percentage of vaccinated individuals rising rapidly if you develop symptoms like sore throat, runny nose, headache, chances are you will still think of it as COVID 19. But you will expect yourself to experience symptoms of a cold! Considering the above confusion, it is essential to differentiate between the symptoms of COVID and an allergy.

While the symptoms may be due to an allergy, getting yourself tested and quarantined is always preferred unless your symptoms show regression. Also, you are the best judge whether you have been exposed to a virus or not; you can actively work towards preventing the spread. If you think an allergen triggered the symptoms, try removing the source of symptoms. Also, look out for COVID-specific symptoms such as loss of smell or taste.

Whether or not you are vaccinated, continue wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing.