Since Friday at noon, the residents of the City of Buenos Aires and the Greater Buenos Aires reported intense smoke, product of the fires that affect the islands of the Paraná River Delta. The air remains stale and the situation could continue throughout the weekend.

This smoke that runs through the streets of the entire AMBA -San Pedro was one of the towns that suffered the most- can affect the respiratory tract and the sight of those who are most exposed to contact with polluted air.

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While the Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Juan Cabandie, He blames the provincial government of Entre Ríos and requests the intervention of the Secretary of Agriculture, Juan José Bahillo, the neighbors live with smoke and there were cities in which it “rained” ashes.

The National Commission for Space Activities (Conae) reported that it has already they burned 95,000 hectares and warned about the presence of pollutants in the air.

Firefighters fight flames near Victoria, province of Entre Ríos, Argentina, Friday, August 19, 2022 Fires in the Paraná Delta have consumed thousands of hectares of Argentine wetlands.  (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Firefighters fight flames near Victoria, province of Entre Ríos, Argentina, Friday, August 19, 2022 Fires in the Paraná Delta have consumed thousands of hectares of Argentine wetlands. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

How to make sure that the air does not affect the respiratory tract

The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of the Environment of the province of Buenos Aires issued a statement stating that when vegetation, wood or construction materials are burned, the smoke It pollutes the air and affects health and the environment. These are the recommendations to ensure that it does not affect the respiratory tract.

  • Avoid outdoor activities.
  • Protect the respiratory tract.
  • Use masks or chinstraps.
  • Put on Rolled rags or towels under openings (windows and doors) to prevent smoke from entering homes.
  • Count on air-conditioningthey asked to turn it on by closing the outside air intake and keeping the filter clean pto improve air quality.
  • Count on the flu and pneumococcal vaccines to reduce the risk of presenting respiratory infections whose symptoms can worsen. Both vaccines are available free of charge in vaccination clinics in the province of Buenos Aires for all risk groups.
  • Consult the health center or hospital closest in case of any doubt.

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What symptoms can appear from smoke

  • Tos.
  • Difficulty breathing normally.
  • Burning eyes.
  • Irritation in the throat and sinuses.
  • wheezing
  • Rhinitis.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Head and chest pain.
  • Fatigue.
  • Palpitations or fast heartbeat.

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Who are the most affected by smoke?

The population that may be most affected and the most sensitive groups to the smoke produced by fires They are the elderly, pregnant people and children.

Similarly, people with pre-existing respiratory and cardiac conditions y those who work outdoors during fires, such as the fire department and park rangers.

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