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