Pima County advises everyone to take adequate safety measures based on individual needs. Contributed image
Due to high winds and lack of rain, the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality has issued an air pollution advisory for the excess level of particulate matter, which has caused “Unhealthy Levels for Sensitive Individuals” throughout the county.
The advisory defined the particulate matter as tiny specks of soot, dust and aerosols that are suspended in the breathable air. These may originate from areas like disturbed lands, dirt roads, construction and mining zones. The small particular matter can also generate from combustion sources such as cars, industry, and indoor or outdoor fires.
The advisory also briefed residents on the harsh effects of such particles. Patients with heart disease and respiratory disease, children, older adults, and active individuals who require going outside for work (especially in dust-prone zones) are especially susceptible to particulate matter. These particles may enter into their respiratory system and cause short-term health issues like irritation in sensitive body parts like the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs.
Symptoms can include intense coughing, sneezing, runny nose and shortness of breath.
Pima County advises everyone to take adequate safety measures based on individual needs.