Millions of masks are being distributed in Delhi-area schools as of Friday, November 1, as PM2.5 levels in the capital remain at "severe" levels of 411 micrograms per cubic meter, according to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR). Construction has reportedly been suspended in Delhi for a week, fireworks have been banned, and schools are slated to remain closed until Tuesday, November 5.
The smog is expected to significantly hamper outdoor activity over the coming days, even as pollution levels are forecast to gradually decrease.
Individuals present in Delhi 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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