Heat wave and pollution spike: the right actions to protect yourself from fine particles or ozone


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Heat wave and pollution spike: the right actions to protect yourself from fine particles or ozone


Heat wave often rhymes with pollution. And for good reason: the episodes of high heat favor the concentration of ozone. This pollutant "is not released directly into the atmosphere, but comes from the chemical transformation of other pollutants: nitrogen oxides (NOx) and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), under the action of the sun's UV rays and in case of hot weather ", can we read on the Airparif website.

The heat wave that is being installed in certain regions, and particularly in Ile-de-France should therefore be associated with a peak pollution. There are, however, some actions to take to protect yourself from ozone or fine particles, in addition to the precautions to be taken in connection with the heat wave.

Tips to protect yourself from pollution

  • Reduce and delay intense physical and sport activities, outdoors or indoors, until the end of the pollution episode;
  • In case of unusual respiratory or cardiac discomfort (for example: cough, sore throat, stuffy nose, shortness of breath, wheezing), consult your doctor or pharmacist;
  • If you are taking a treatment, ask your doctor or pharmacist if it needs to be adapted;
  • If you feel that your symptoms are less awkward when you stay indoors, choose shorter trips than usual;
  • Avoid going out at the beginning of the morning and at the end of the day and around the main highways;
  • Report activities that require the most effort.

Recommendations that must be followed even more by the so-called "vulnerable", namely pregnant women, infants and young children, people over 65, people suffering from cardiovascular diseases, heart failure or as well as people with asthma.

Source: the website of the Ministry of Health.

Read also :

⋙ Pollution peak: the regions concerned and the risks to health

⋙ Heat wave: food to avoid when it's hot

⋙ Fine particles: what are the real effects of pollution on our health?


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