Sunday 5 April, 2020

Saharan dust increase expected over next few days

Pictured: Satellite imagery of Saharan dust movement. Image via Facebook, The T&T Meteorological Service.

Pictured: Satellite imagery of Saharan dust movement. Image via Facebook, The T&T Meteorological Service.

The Saharan dust is back.

Brace yourself for itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, runny nose, dry cough and a sore throat as a dust increase is expected over the next two days.

The Meteorological Service (Met Office) advised citizens to take all necessary precautions as an increase in Saharan dust is expected between Wednesday and Thursday.

Saharan dust may contain various particles that can produce previously mentioned symptoms.

The dust can be particularly problematic for those with pre-existing respiratory and cardiac issues and exacerbate illness in persons at high risk of complications.

Persons with pre-existing lung such as asthma disease, pre-existing heart disease, the elderly, children are vulnerable and at risk for complications associated with an increased presence of dust in the atmosphere.

The Health Ministry says those with pre-existing conditions should stay indoors, when possible, and should have their rescue inhaler with them at all times.

Those affected by the dust should seek medical attention if they experience difficulty breathing, a fever lasting for more than two to three days or a severe worsening of a pre-existing condition.

Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: