Six ways to protect yourself from a dust storm

As heavy winds continue to lash Doha, swirling dust particles through the air and into homes, cars and schools, Hamad Medical Corp. advises residents to take the following precautions:

1) Keep the dust at bay by not going outside, especially during high winds or low visibility when the dust levels are particularly harmful. Avoid outdoor exercise. Keep your windows and doors closed.

2) Cover your nose and mouth with a mask or damp cloth to reduce inhalation of particles of dust if/when going out.

3) When driving, keep windows closed – opt for air conditioning instead of fresh air. If visibility is low, drive slower.

4) Avoid rubbing your eyes in order to prevent eye infection, which is common during this season. Wear protective gear such as airtight goggles. If your eyes become irritated, rinse with water. Be especially careful if you wear contact lenses.

5) Always carry a supply of water to keep from being dehydrated.

6) Those with bad allergies should start using antihistamines during this season, even before the symptoms start.

Infants, young children, pregnant women and the elderly should especially take care in dusty, chilly weather, HMC officials said, adding that if someone experiences severe trouble breathing or starts coughing green sputum might have a lung infection and should go to the Emergency Department.

Though the weather is expected to hit a chilly low of 14C (57F) today, don’t despair yet – things are supposed to start clearing up tomorrow evening, according to the MET!

Photo by Omar Chatriwala.

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