How to Survive the Haze

I think this year’s haze has taken the nation by surprise with how long it is lasting, and how it is rapidly worsening! Initially, I wasn’t really worried by the haze. I believed it’ll go away in a few days. After all, I don’t have asthma, so I didn’t bother to even get myself and my kids the masks. But I started to experience asthma-like symptoms, sinusitis, irritated itchy eyes, and my kids even fell ill! Today, I woke up to a very dark and foggy morning (like a horror movie setting!), and it finally hit me that the haze was the cause of it all, and I should get those masks!

So, should we be worried about the current haze in Malaysia?

The haze may look like a beautiful cold misty winter air, but it is not. It is literally a cloud of smoke caused by a burning ground due to forest fire. It is plain polluted air. Imagine breathing in smoke next to an open fire. No one in the right mind would want to do that, right? This is what haze is, an open fire smoke carried by the wind. So, you are breathing in dangerous pollutants and toxic micro particles directly into your lungs. Not only that, they can also be absorbed into our body via our skin!

You are breathing in dangerous pollutants and toxic micro particles directly into your lungs!

Taking the haze situation seriously, here are some of the things you can (must and should, I guess) do to keep your family and yourself safe and healthy during this haze period.

1. Close all windows and doors, both at home and office. This is to prevent haze from entering your indoor space.

2. Drink plenty of water. Drink more than your usual intake. Inevitably we would have inhaled the polluted air given the long haze period. It is important to drink enough water to flush out the toxins absorbed by our body.

3. Increase your fruit and vegetable intake. Not only will it help to get rid of the absorbed toxins in our body, it will also help in strengthening our immune system.

4. As much as you can, avoid outdoor activities. And if you can’t, consider using the proper mask seriously. I’ve tried it, and felt the difference.

The N95 masks are the best one so far!

5. If you have pre-existing respiratory issues, be extra cautious if you experience breathing problems. Head to the doctor ASAP!

6. If you have air conditioners, it might be a good time to have it serviced. Due to the limited air ventilation, most would rely on the air conditioner. It is important to ensure that the air conditioner’s filter is clean in order to provide clean and healthy air circulation.

Let’s pray the haze clears up soon. Take care in the meantime! Stay safe.

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