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Medical experts issue PM2.5 warning

A local medical expert say parents should be extra-vigilant on smoggy days and avoid taking their children out when the PM2.5 pollution density is high.

Smog can cause acute respiratory tract infections in children, whose tracts are much weaker than those of adults, said Dr Yin Yong of the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center’s respiratory department.

And parents should remember that pollutants worsen the symptoms of children already suffering from chronic respiratory diseases, added Yin.

“Research has confirmed that the increase of PM2.5 density can result in a rise in outpatient and emergency service admissions of children with respiratory diseases,” said Yin.

In addition, smog can affect children’s moods as ultraviolet rays are reduced by pollutants resulting in less sunlight.

“Children are advised to stay at home during smoggy days, or they should wear masks if going outdoor,” Yin said.

“More fresh fruit and vegetables and keeping warm are also effective measures,” Yin added.



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