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  • Writer's pictureMillines Herman

Saharan Dust Alert

The Saharan dust is currently impacting the Caribbean. Below is some information regarding its composition, health impacts and protecting yourself.


Saharan dust is made of sand, (clay) minerals and dust. An increase in mould spores have been associated with Saharan dust episodes in Saint Lucia.

Health Impacts:

Individuals with asthma, allergies or respiratory issues are at higher risk during these episodes. The symptoms exhibited include but are not limited to:

  • Trouble breathing

  • Asthma attacks

  • Sneezing

  • Swelling of throat and eyes

  • Coughing

  • Watery and itchy eyes

  • Runny and stuffy nose

How do you protect yourself from Saharan dust?

  • Stay indoors sealed from dust entry

  • Change bed linens and curtains frequently

  • Wear sunglasses and keep eye drops handy

  • Wear face masks

  • Use HEPA filters - especially where highly susceptible persons reside or work

  • Change filters at intake points regularly

  • Decrease ambient air intake

  • Use higher efficiency filters at fresh air intake points

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