Lowest pollution in 5 years. Photograph:( AFP )
Persons having occupations of prolonged exposure should take extra precautions.
The Directorate General of Health Service (DGHS) on Sunday released health advisory to the public for protection from air pollution, which has reached to severe level in Delhi and may result in "morbidity" among the exposed people.
"The air pollution harms and may cause respiratory illness in healthy people on prolonged exposure and even pronounced respiratory or other serious illnesses in the 'vulnerable population' even on short exposure," a statement issued by the DGHS.
The vulnerable population includes elderly, children below 5 years, pregnant women, persons with poor nutritional status.
Advising the public to avoid outdoor physical activities, especially during morning and late evening hours, the DGHS said that persons having occupations of prolonged exposure such as traffic policemen, traffic volunteer, rickshaw pullers, auto-rickshaw drivers, roadside vendors should take extra precautions.
The following do's and don'ts are as followed
Remain indoors, or reschedule outdoors activities
Consult the nearest doctor in case of breathlessness, giddiness, cough, chest discomfort or pain, irritation in eyes
Use certified N-95 masks and follow user instructions
Continue use of clean smokeless fuel gas or electricity for cooking and heating purpose.
Use public transportation
Don't burn leaves, wood, agriculture products, garbage
Don't go to places with heavy traffic and areas near polluting places and construction sites
Don't go for morning and late evening walks, run, jog and physical exercise
Don't open doors and windows during the mornings and late evenings
Don't smoke cigarettes and related tobacco products.
Avoid driving cars, scooters and other motorised vehicles.