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Thursday 13 August, 2020

T&T air quality 'unhealthy', public warned to avoid heavy exertion

File footage of Saharan dust blanketing San Fernando.

File footage of Saharan dust blanketing San Fernando.

Trinidad and Tobago's air quality is unhealthy according to the Environmental Management Authority’s (EMA) latest Air Quality Index (AQI) report.

This comes as a plume of Saharan dust has blanketed the Caribbean.

The records were taken from the EMA’s monitoring stations in Point Lisas and Signal Hill around 4.30 pm.

AQI is a number used by government agencies to communicate how polluted the air is or is forecast to become. As the AQI increases, an increasingly large percentage of the population is likely to experience severe, adverse health effects.

The unhealthy air quality can lead to the increased aggravation of respiratory symptoms in sensitive groups including older adults, children, and people with respiratory ailments and allergies. It can also cause the aggravation of heart or lung disease and premature mortality in people with heart or lung disease as well as respiratory effects in the general population.

Vulnerable groups and the general public should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion.

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