As of Wednesday, October 9, unhealthy air quality levels were recorded in northern India, with an Air Quality Index (AQI) peaking at 173 at around 17:00 (local time) in the city of Noida. New Delhi has also been affected. According to India's System of Air Quality, Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), the situation is expected to worsen by the end of the week due to a variety of factors. These include dry weather and effigy burning during festival season.
An AQI reading of 0-50 is considered good, 51-100 moderate, and 101-200 unhealthy.
Individuals present in northern India are advised to monitor the situation, limit outdoor activities until the situation normalizes, and 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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