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Saharan Dust Alert

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


Composition:


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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