High levels of air pollution are being recorded in Medellín - Colombia’s second largest city - as of early Friday, November 30 (local time). Air Quality Index (AQI) readings as high as 196 have been reported, surpassing the “unhealthy” threshold of 150. Levels between 150 and 200 can be hazardous to the health of all groups, with vulnerable individuals at risk of serious health effects. Continued high levels are possible in the coming days, particularly in the morning.
Vulnerable groups include children, seniors, pregnant women, and people suffering from asthma and other respiratory issues. Air pollution can also be harmful to heart health and could contribute to factors that provoke heart attacks or strokes.
Individuals present in Medellín are advised to limit outdoor activities, notably strenuous activity, until pollution rates fall. Do not hesitate to seek medical attention if experiencing breathing difficulties or other health concerns.
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