How to Survive the Choking Smog in Shanghai.

The last couple of months have witnessed very heavy air pollution all across China, Shanghai was one of the most severely polluted cities with the highest AQI only a slightly below 500, which means the air is harmful even to healthy people and may cause some diseases like coughing and throat irritation.

Although the skies have cleared up now, the smog is said to be returning and is going to be a serious issue in Shanghai for a long while since it takes time for the government measures to reduce pollution to take effect.

Apart from causing health problems, the smog has also brought a lot of inconvenience to people’s life. There was a time when the visibility was only 5 meters, Just as someone on the internet joked, “The longest distance in the world is not I love you but you don’t know. It should be Im holding your hand, but im not able to see you.”

According to the reports even the pilots have to learn to land the planes “blindly” in the smog. “comrade Polot, can you see the runway?” On Moments of WeChat, people were busy posting smoggy pictures or photos of themselves wearing masks, reposting all kinds of creative ways of smog-proof measures, quite positive when facing the hazardous weather.

One of the funnies was to to stuff your nostrils with two cigarette butts, by which you can not only filter PM2.5, but also PM1.6 Of course, experts later proved that it was only a joke.

Then where can we hide when the air is poisonous? Running away immediately may seem a little bit unrealistic considering the cost and timing. But there are some effective measures we can take to reduce the harm and stay as healthy as possible.

Wear a hat: Hair is really absorptive and a hat can help reduce the poisonous substances in your hair.

Wear a face mask: A regular mask or even a surgical mask is useless in the smog. But the N95 face mask is of high density and can filter out particulates in the air. Please not that is it recommended not to wear the same face mask longer than four hours, because the filter net may be blocked by dust and particulate, and the moist environment on your mask could possibly develop bacteria. Use new masks frequently.

Wear an overcoat: Wear a long warm coat over other clothes when going outdoors in cold weather. It can be helpful to reduce the skin contact area of harmful air.

Smoke less: For smokers, now is the golden opportunity to give up smoking, which is the major cause of lung cancer, and the smog will only make things worse for smokers.

Wash your hands: During your stay outside, there are harmful particulates and substances adhering to your hair, clothes and mostly your skin. So the first thing to do when you come back home is wash your hands, all your skin and any exposed nasal cavities after being outside, with warm soapy water if possible. Change your clothes and put on your home wear or simply take off your had and overcoat if you stick to the first part.

Drink more water: It seems that drinking more water or tea is essential in every case, whether you have a cold, feel dizzy or breathing bad air. Actually the human body is resistant to PM2.5 particulates due to the Secretory Immunoglobulin A produced by the airways in the lungs. And drinking more water improves the body’s ability to clear any toxins. Arhat fruit tea is highly recommended.

Have a good rest: Just as drinking more water, it is applicable in almost every situation related to health. Nowadays, because of advanced technology, more and more people are addicted to computers, smart phones and tablets, learning to a lack of sleep. Don’t stay up overnight, going to bed before 11 o’clock is best for your health. Moreover too much screen time is bad for your eyes. The harmful particulates can affect your eyes as well, so please protect the window to your soul. And those who wear eye contacts should stop doing that under haze weather, for the tiny pollutants could easily irritate the eyes and cause allergy.

Eat high fiver foods: Such as beans, cresses, apples, corns and so on, which helps bowl movements and metabolism, clearing the harmful particles out of your body. Eat foods rich in calcium and Vitamin D, such as Tofu and snow pear also helps.

Less outdoor exercise: In China, you may see a lot of middle-aged or old people dancing or practicing Taichi out in the open. It used to be a way to keep fit, but these days, it is becoming more dangerous. There were reports of asthma attacks when people were exercising in the smog. Those people who suffer from respiratory and cardiovascular diseases should prevent going outside too often in smoggy days, and needless to say, should avoid doing exercise outdoors. Even walking outside during rush hours should be avoided due to the heavy pollution on the road.

Use a Air purifier: Thanks to the smog, the sales of air purifiers surged rapidly. But not every air purifier is as effective as it’s advertised to be. First, you need to choose a proper size according to the dimensions of your room; second pay attention to the material and design and its target particulates and harmful gas. Because the weather in Shanghai is a little damp, it’s better to choose a damp-proof material and non-woven fabric. The sealing of the structure is another important aspect. Third, note the expected life of the appliance by observing its efficiency performance.

Plants: If you think an air purifier is too expensive (around RMB 3,000) getting yourself some plants can save yourself a lot of money and make a small contribution to purifying the air. Aloe is a good choice due to its effectiveness in absorbing formaldehyde and benzene. Besides, it can be applied to wounds and burns. Devil’s ivy is another powerful plant. Don’t be intimidated by its name, it just indicates that even in a very dark environment, the devil’s ivy can still stay green and survive, Daisies are very helpful against benzene, put them in your laundry room or bedroom with enough light, it will not only cleanse the air, but also beautify the area.