Persons with Respiratory Challenges should take precautionary measures from Saharan dust

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GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Varying concentrations of Saharan dust according to the Meteorological Department of Sint Maarten is affecting visibility and air quality during the next few days.

The Saharan dust is a nuisance to all especially those with respiratory ailments and allergies.

The dust from the Sahara Desert in Africa causes sneezing, nasal congestion, respiratory problems, eye itching and other allergy symptoms.

The aforementioned is common in the Caribbean region around this time of year and according to weather experts and coincides with the hurricane season.

Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department from the Sint Maarten Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, as a preventive measure, advises persons who suffer from emphysema, asthma, and other lung disorders, and are feeling ill, to consult their family physician.

Other measures that can be taken is to keep doors and windows closed and do not go outside if the Saharan dust is prevalent in the sky which can be visibly seen from a haze over the horizon.