guardian.co.tt- The Health Ministry is advising citizens to take personal precautions as a fresh plume of Saharan dust is expected to enter T&T’s atmosphere on Monday.
Since the beginning of the dry season, the country has experienced several waves of the dust however; the Met Office said this year’s occurrences are no different from that seen in previous years.
“This is nothing out of the norm. Years gone by in this office here, we had severe dust outbreaks with the visibility was down to less than one kilometre,” an official from the office told Guardian Media.
He said that according to their model, this plume is expected to be less than the last.
The dust is forecast to enter the Caribbean tomorrow with the heaviest concentration being noticeable from Monday.
The major downside to the dust is its impact on health, particularly on those with pre-existing respiratory conditions such as lung and asthma disease; heart disease, the elderly and children.
Common symptoms citizens may experience as a result of the dust include dry cough, sore throat, itchy and watery eyes, sneezing, and runny nose. These symptoms should disappear as dust levels reduce.
The ministry advises that people with any pre-existing conditions should stay indoors where possible and have their inhaler with them at all times.
They further advise that those affected “should seek medical attention if they experience severe shortness of breath (difficulty breathing), persistent fever (for more than 2-3 days) or a severe worsening of a pre-existing condition.”