England Reports Eight Regions With High Air Pollution
England reports “high” or “very high” air pollution levels in eight regions across the UK, according to The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Due to high pressure and light winds, greater London, the south-east and eastern England had “very high” levels.
People With Health Issues Should Avoid Physical Activity
England reports that people suffering with lung problems, heart problems, or older people should avoid strenuous physical activity in “very high” level areas. Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, said that warnings are being issued at bus stops, roadside signs and Tube stations under a new alert system. Khan issued a separate “very high” alert about “filthy” air.
When outside adults and children, with lung or heart problems, should avoid strenuous physical exertion. Others, suffering with asthma, may be more breathless than usual and need to use their reliever inhaler more frequently. People should limit the amount of time they spend outdoors if they experience discomfort such as sore eyes, cough or sore throat.
Early deaths, of around 40,000 people per year, is linked to air pollution. It is also the cause of many health problems including asthma, heart and lung diseases.
Defra has 5,000 monitoring stations across the UK. The department records pollutant levels in specific locations.