The General Directorate of Public Health of the Canary Islands is taking proactive measures in light of the anticipated calima in the region over the upcoming days. They have issued important reminders to the public regarding precautions that should be observed.
Firstly, it is strongly advised to minimize outdoor exposure, particularly avoiding prolonged periods outdoors. Keeping windows closed is crucial to prevent the ingress of calima into indoor spaces. Furthermore, refraining from strenuous outdoor activities is highly recommended during this period.
The Regional Ministry of Health highlights the potential health risks associated with airborne dust. It can lead to the drying out of the respiratory tract and may exacerbate symptoms for individuals with respiratory diseases like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This can result in an increase in emergency room visits and hospital admissions.
Symptoms of exposure to this pollutant can include chest discomfort, coughing, palpitations, fatigue, and heightened vulnerability to respiratory infections. These effects can persist for at least five days following the onset of the episode.
To safeguard against these health risks, individuals who are particularly sensitive to such episodes, such as children, the elderly, and those with chronic respiratory or cardiovascular conditions, are strongly advised to remain indoors. It’s essential to keep doors and windows closed to maintain indoor air quality. Additionally, cleaning dusty surfaces with damp cloths can help reduce indoor dust levels.
Staying in humid environments and staying well-hydrated are further precautions to consider during this period. Refraining from outdoor exercise is crucial to minimize exposure. If respiratory symptoms worsen, individuals are urged to contact emergency services by dialing 1-1-2.
These precautions are vital to ensure the well-being of the population in the face of the anticipated calima in the Canary Islands.