Haze: Stay healthy and protected.

The haze is back and it’s getting worse by the day. Sore throats and constant coughing is what many people have to go through during this time. What can you do to stay updated and protected against the haze? A mask, an air purifier and plenty of water.

 

Problem

Forest fires reportedly originating from Indonesia coupled with the current wind trend has caused a haze to blanket Peninsular Malaysia, parts of Sarawak and Singapore. It’s so bad that you could be forgiven for thinking that you were up in the mountains (à la Genting Highlands).

Picture taken in Taman Tun.

With the haze comes respiratory problems which can be a headache for a lot the public. According to CNA , a clinic in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur has been treating 20 to 30 patients a day for respiratory infections, double the usual 10 to 15 a day.

 

What you can do

Wear a mask

Buy an N95 certified mask. It filters at least 95% of airborne particles. If you cannot find an N95 mask, get something that offers better protection than the standard surgical mask. For example, I managed to find a 3M carbon mask from the pharmacy.

3M carbon mask.
Invest in an air purifier

There’s no better time to invest in an air purifier. There are plenty of well known brands like Sharp, Panasonic, Philips, Cuckoo and Coway.  Why should you invest in one? Because from past history, the haze is almost always a yearly thing. Best buy one now, and prepare yourself for next year. Another brand you can consider is the Mi Air Purifier 2 which you can read the review here.

Mi Air Purifier 2.
Monitor the air quality

Do also check regularly the air quality where you live. One place to do that is here.

Air quality around the region.
Drink plenty of water. Stay indoors.

It’s important during times like these to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water (8 glasses or more a day) because your body will need it. Also, stay indoors whenever possible.

 

Haze, haze go away

We do hope that the forest fires are stopped soon. In the mean time, do stay protected when going about your activities.

 

Source: CDC