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Use these anti-pollution masks to protect yourself

“For instance, if the pollution levels in your surroundings are not too severe, you can go for this washable 6-layer N99 + PM2.5 mask,” he said.

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New Delhi, Nov 1 : With a sharp rise in air pollution in north India, and as toxic air overlays the cities for days, a high-quality mask can be effective to a certain extent in protecting from micro-particles that can enter the lungs and cause damage.

Anti-pollution masks have air filtration devices, which are better than cloth or surgical masks. The latter is ineffective against pollutants like PM 2.5. N95 or N99 masks are considered to be more beneficial in fending off pollutants.

According to the US Embassy here, PM 2.5 level on Friday hit 450 on air quality index (AQI). According to Safar India, the PM 10 count, which was earlier in the “very poor” category, reached “severe” at AQI of 555.

“Go for masks equipped with activated carbon layers and filters to stop PM 2.5 or higher particles. One should wear a mask as soon as the AQI level crosses 50 as this value is considered unsafe,” Ankit Bansal, Consultant- Pulmonology/ Chest & Sleep Medicine at Fortis Escorts Hospital in Jaipur, told IANS.

“For instance, if the pollution levels in your surroundings are not too severe, you can go for this washable 6-layer N99 + PM2.5 mask,” he said.

Here are some high-quality anti-pollution masks which people can use:

–Xiaomi Mi AirPOP Anti-Pollution Mask (Around Rs 249 — a pack of two)

The AirPOP Anti-Pollution Mask can block out particles as small as 0.3-micron and has the PM2.5 filtration efficiency of 99.97 per cent.

This has a 4-layer filtration process in place between the air that you are about to breathe and your nose.

There is a vortex breathing valve that will quickly release the warm air and vapour that could build up in a mask from time to time.

–Air Ok Breathe Safe Face mask N 99+ ANBC (Anti Nicotine Bacterial Control)

These masks come with five-layered fabric which includes charcoal layer which prevents gaseous and other toxic pollutants.

It will protect you from pollution including PM 2.5, automobile gases and dust also. It cost up to Rs 250 per mask.

–N95 mask: This is the most widely used air pollution mask. It removes up to 95 per cent non-oily allergens as small as 0.3 microns. N95 masks are washable and reusable. It costs up to Rs 90 to 150 per mask.

–N99 and N100 masks: The N99 can remove up to 99 per cent particles as small as 0.3 microns. It is not resistant to oil, and hence, is not suitable for oil-filled environments.

–The N100 mask eliminates up to 99.97 pollutants as small as 0.3 microns. It is a High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) mask with superior particulate filtration. It costs up to Rs 1,800 to Rs 2,800 per mask.

–P95 masks: P95 masks intercept both oil-based and non-oil based impurities. It removes up to 95 per cent of all air pollutants of size 0.3 micron and larger. It costs up to Rs 1,000 per mask.

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Coronavirus: Fourth person in Mumbai Hospital for possible exposure

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Mumbai: A 36-year-old man fourth person has been admitted in the isolation ward of a civic-run hospital on suspicion of possible exposure to the novel coronavirus, officials said on Monday.

The man, a resident of Tardeo in south Mumbai, is currently kept under observation at Kasturba Hospital in the city, they said.

Three persons were last week admitted in the hospital for possible exposure to the virus strain, after screening of passengers was done at the Mumbai international airport. All the three were hospitalised as precaution, officials had said on January 25.

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Sandeep Dikshit lashes at Kejriwal for ailing health system

The Congress leader said hospital projects, launched by the previous governments, in Madipur, Sarita Vihar, Vikaspuri and Burari had remained incomplete.

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New Delhi, Jan 26: Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit accused the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government of just doing a “make-up and plastic surgery” on the health system in Delhi.

The Delhi health system was developed by then Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, said two-time former Congress MP in his video series ‘Kaam ki Baat’. He is late Sheila Dikshit’s son.

Raising question over Mohalla Clinics, Dikshit said Kejriwal came up with the idea to hide his failure of not improving the health facilities. The AAP government had not opened a single hospital in the last five years, he added.

“The Delhi government (headed by the Congress) increased the number of hospitals from 18 to 39, beds from 4,000 to 12,000, doctors from 440 to 2,400 and dispensaries from 180 to 650,” the Congress leader claimed.

The Congress government had set up the best liver, cancer and orthopaedic hospitals, apart from trauma centres where anybody could seek free health services, Dikshit added.

The Congress leader said hospital projects, launched by the previous governments, in Madipur, Sarita Vihar, Vikaspuri and Burari had remained incomplete.

Many hospitals with finalised DPR could not be opened in five years, including the Mother and Child Hospital in Trilokpuri, he alleged.

The former MP said the free treatment touted by the AAP government was a farce as the facility was already in place for trauma cases when the earlier Congress government demitted the office.

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Is China suppressing the corona virus infections!

American cities are on high alert as two coronavirus cases are confirmed in Chicago and Washington while 1,000 Americans have been told to evacuate Ground Zero in Wuhan.

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New Delhi, Jan 27: China is facing accusations from the world community of suppressing and playing down the coronavirus outbreak and the scale of infections which some reports say now I as high as 90,000 while the official Beijing figure is just 1,975.

International media reports have said cited a nurse treating coronavirus sufferers in China who claims 90,000 people have already been infected.

A nurse wearing a protective suit and face mask treating the sick in Wuhan has claimed that 90,000 people have already been infected by the coronavirus. However, the nurse’s report has been viewed almost two million times on YouTube. In the footage, she warns people not to go outside and to refrain from celebrating the Chinese New Year.

The animal virus epidemic originated in China, where it has infected more than 1,970 people and killed 56, and has spread worldwide.

International critics are saying that the China is censoring the numbers and sanitising videos from the internet. China’s President Xi Jinping has already warned of ‘grave situation’ as killer coronavirus accelerates.

American cities are on high alert as two coronavirus cases are confirmed in Chicago and Washington while 1,000 Americans have been told to evacuate Ground Zero in Wuhan.

Canadian authorities on Saturday confirmed the first case of coronavirus – a man in his 50s from Toronto.

The countries which have reported these cases include Singapore, Malaysaia, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Australia, Nepal, France, Canada, the US, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau.

But the Global Times revealed that vital resources, including masks and goggles, were urgently needed. The accusations of a cover-up echo the furore surrounding the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) epidemic in 2002 when the government concealed the existence of the illness not just from the outside world but from its own people.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Saturday declared a virus emergency in the city of 7.3 million, extending school cancellations until February 17 and cancelling all official visits to mainland China.

China has quarantined three cities in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus — encompassing a total population of some 35 million people.

Other reports say several cities are under lockdown with a combined population of 47 million including Wuhan, Huanggang, Ezhou, Chibi, Jingzhou, Zhijiang, Qianjiang, Xiantao, Xianning, Huangshi, Dangyang, Enshi, Xiaogan. Jingmen and Shantou.

Reports say that Wuhan continues to be under complete lockdown. Police have been stationed at the borders of Wuhan to block the roads preventing any sort of movement into the quarantined city. The city’s pharmacies have been swamped by people wanting to stock up on medicines.

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