How to protect yourself from Air Pollution in Bangkok

Updated: Jan 18, 2019




Polluted air level increases severely as Bangkok, Thailand enters new-year, 2019.


In the past, poor air quality issues have been a problem in some cities across the world. Countries that are undergoing through development and industrialization often have this dilemma. Some of these well-known countries are China, India, London and some cities of America. This polluted air problems have never hit Bangkok that badly-up until now.


If you are living in a multiple floored building high, you can actually see the dirty smog that envelopes the city. One of the main causes of this smog like pollution are carbon monoxide/dioxide from the cars, buses and other vehicles’ pumps or releases to the atmosphere around the city. Due to this increasing air pollution problem, the Pollution Control Department (PCD) has set PM2.5 to monitor its air quality. PM2.5 refers to the atmospheric particulate matter (PM) having a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometers.


If you live in Thailand or if you are a planning to visit the country, here are some practical tips to keep in mind on how to protect yourself and your loved ones from air pollution:


- Check daily air pollution forecasts in your area. You may download mobile apps like air quality/ air visual or you may check out https://aqicn.org/city/bangkok/ to see the current AQI and forecast.


- Avoid walking or jogging outdoors near polluted and high traffic areas. It is recommended and safer to do your exercise indoors such as malls or gyms instead.


- Kids especially under 8 years old should avoid outdoor activities.


- If you really need to go outside, wear masks that are marked either N95 or N99 to make sure they can filter pollutants.


- Ventilate your home. Indoor pollution could be worse than the pollution outside. Make sure you have exhaust fan in your house. You may also install or make DIY air filters.


- Grow air purifying plants such as aloe vera, rubber plant and spider plant inside or even outside your home.


- Water is a powerful natural element. Bring at least a bottle of water to help you on fatigue, dehydration or stress and to help reduce other health damages cause by the air pollution.


- Eat healthy foods rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Beta Carotene such as carrots, corn, sweet potato butter, broccoli, oranges, mango, strawberries and papaya.


- Try to take steam with a drop of eucalyptus oil every day in the evening to clear relax your air passages and help your body remove the harmful particulate substance.




Sources:

https://www.bangkokpost.com/learning/really-easy/1610902/bangkok-air-pollution-remains-at-hazardous-levels

https://thethaiger.com/news/national/thailands-air-quality-measurement-standards-raise-concerns

https://aqicn.org/city/bangkok/

https://www.travelchinacheaper.com/best-pollution-masks-for-travelers-expats

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/health-fitness/health-news/effective-tips-to-prevent-yourself-from-smog-air-pollution/articleshow/61574445.cms

https://www.wikihow.com/Protect-Yourself-from-Air-Pollution

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