If you need to be outdoors, make sure you wear a respirator mask. Respiratory masks, such as N95 masks, are designed to keep out fine particulate matter and hence protect you from breathing in the smoke particles in the air. The mask should be changed when it gets soiled or distorted in shape. Some masks even have expiry dates on them.
A note of caution: surgical masks and paper masks do not provide adequate protection from haze particles. Their main purpose is to prevent the spread of body fluids and do not filter out haze particles.
Alleviating the symptoms:
Haze often irritates the nose, throat, airways, skin and eyes. The common symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, dry throat, cough and eye irritation. Head to a pharmacy and see what you can do about these ailments otherwise a visit to the clinic is advise.
As for irritation to the eyes, apply a few drops of saline solution to act as natural tear supplements. This will help wash away haze compounds or dust particles that get into the eyes.
If you have more severe symptoms like coughing or headache or others, it is recommended that you seek medical attention at a clinic or hospital.
In conclusion, when it comes to fighting the haze, it’s always best to put your safety and health first. However, educating yourself on why this happens is also important so we can develop a society that’s more conscious of the adverse effects of pollution. Together we can encourage the government, companies and individuals to act more responsibly and thus making the planet safer for all.