Warnings and reflections about recurring sandstorms (4)

20:21, March 22, 2010      

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Tips to reduce the harmfulness of sandstorm

Dust storms are most likely to occur on early spring days in north China, particularly in March and April. Strong winds, dust and sand could bring the visibility down to 100 meters, posing a big threat to people's health and causing havoc to life and work.

Compared with ordinary storms, sandstorms usually carry large amounts of dust, pollen, bacteria and even viruses. So it is often thought to be the vehicle of disease and the origin of public health problems.

Following are some tips to reduce the harmfulness of sandstorm:

1. Take precautionary measures

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Early precautionary measures are better than medical treatment after-the-fact. Viruses and bacteria are prevalent in windy and dry weather. Eye drops and buccal tablets are a good choice, and it is also wise to carry a bottle of water. You can also add glycerin to your nostrils to keep them from getting too dry. Wear a facemask and goggles when going out.

2. Have more water and fruit

You are expected to have more water, tea, porridge, soups or fruit juice during the dust storm to maintain the levels of water in your body.

3. Avoid working out in dusty weather

It is very bad for your health to workout when there is a sandstorm outside. The inhabitable particles in the air will cause respiratory diseases.

4. Keep appropriate humidity indoors

The recommended humidity level amid the sandstorm is 50 to 60 percent, and levels below 30 percent may lead to dry and itchy skin and nasal passages, increasing the potential for respiratory illnesses.

5. Keep your skin clean and balanced

Wind and dust may result in loss of skin moisture. Use skin care products before going out to help protect your skin from the wind, dry weather and other harm.

By People's Daily Online
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