Thick fog conditions affected New Delhi and its surroundings in the morning (local time) of Monday, February 11, resulting in poor visibility and related disruptions to road and rail traffic (delays, cancellations). In the meantime, according to the Air Quality Index (AQI), the level of air pollution was at 'poor' and 'very poor' levels, with up to 304 Particulate Matter (PM) 2.5.
AQI between 51 to 100 is considered as satisfactory, 101-200 as moderate, 201-300 falls under the category of poor. 300-400 is considered as 'very poor' and between 401-500 falls under the category as 'hazardous'.
Individuals in affected areas are advised to monitor local weather forecasts, prepare for lingering transportation disruptions, and confirm flight and train reservations. Due to health risks associated with air pollution, it is advisable to limit outdoor activities. Pollution is especially hazardous to vulnerable individuals (e.g. children, seniors, pregnant women, and individuals suffering from asthma and other respiratory issues). If experiencing breathing difficulties, seek medical attention, particularly if new symptoms appear (e.g. cough, sore throat, irritated eyes).
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