As Jordan braces for the impending waves of dust and dirt brought by Hurricane Daniel, meteorological forecasts have raised concerns about the severe health risks associated with sand and dust storms.
Dr. Muhammad Tarawneh, a consultant in chest diseases and allergies, has issued a stark warning regarding the potential impact of these storms, particularly on respiratory health.
Sand and dust storms can have a detrimental effect on human health, especially for individuals with pre-existing respiratory conditions. Regardless of age, inhaling dust and dirt particles can lead to bronchial irritation, resulting in breathing difficulties and shortness of breath.
The rapid and direct impact of sandstorms on the respiratory system is particularly concerning for those who suffer from chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma, sinus allergies, and chronic bronchial obstruction. In such weather conditions, experts advise these individuals to avoid leaving their homes whenever possible and, if they must venture outdoors, to wear protective masks to safeguard their health.
However, even individuals in good health should exercise caution when exposed to significant levels of dust and dirt, as this can lead to symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, and eye irritation.
To minimize the risks associated with sandstorms, experts recommend the following precautions:
- Protective Gear: Use glasses and masks to shield the eyes and respiratory system.
- Stay Indoors: Avoid outdoor activities during sand and dust storms.
- Seal Homes and Vehicles: Keep windows closed and use air conditioning in vehicles to minimize dust infiltration.
- Furniture Protection: Cover furniture that may be susceptible to damage from dust.
- Eye Care: If exposed to dust, clean eyes thoroughly.
- Hydration: Stay adequately hydrated, especially in hot weather conditions.
Preparing homes in advance for sandstorms is also crucial. This includes tightly closing doors and windows and safeguarding furniture to mitigate potential damage.
As Hurricane Daniel approaches, it is imperative for residents in affected areas to stay informed, follow expert guidance, and prioritize their health and the health of their loved ones. Sand and dust storms are not to be underestimated, and vigilance is key to minimizing their impact on human well-being.