As of Wednesday, February 13, according to the Pollution Control Department, the concentration of PM2.5 fine dust (163 microgrammes per cubic metre of air at 15:00 local time) has reached an "unhealthy" level in Bangkok. A situation caused by stagnant air and a high pressure zone trapping the dust.
According to environment group structures, Bangkok is currently the tenth most polluted capital city in the world. Traffic congestion, railway and condominium construction, road works, as well as dry season weather are generally responsible for the worsening air quality in the Thai capital. In Thailand, the safe threshold is set at 50mcg. Exposure to high levels of PM2.5 (fine particulate matter with a diameter of less than 2.5 mm) can lead to various health issues, such as eye and skin irritation and headaches, and can aggravate cardiac and respiratory conditions. Health authorities are urging the population to regularly check air pollution levels via the Pollution Control Department (PCD) website: www.air4thai.pcd.go.th and the LINE mobile application: air4thai.
Individuals present in the affected areas are advised to keep abreast of the situation, limit outdoor activities until the situation normalize or wear N95 rated masks as a protection. Children and those with chronic respiratory illnesses should exercise increased caution. Individuals are advised to seek medical attention if experiencing breathing difficulties or other health concerns.
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