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Haze risks: Kids, elderly with respiratory issues face heightened cardiovascular concerns.

It is probably common knowledge that haze could affect our health. Apart from coughing and wheezing, do you know what haze particulate matter could actually do to our body?

Haze causes respiratory tract irritation, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and heart failure. Children and elderly are more prone to the harmful health implications of haze due to the longer periods spent outdoors and decline in bodily functions respectively. Individuals with pre-existing cardiovascular and respiratory conditions also exhibit vulnerability to haze and its complications.

When we talk about haze, it is pertinent that we include another group of affected individuals– migrant workers. Low-wage migrant workers, especially those labouring at construction sites are highly susceptible to long hours of physical labour. Heavy-duty work might aggravate breathing difficulties, endangering their lives. One way that we can ensure that the basic welfare of migrant workers is taken care of is by supporting NGOs (non-governmental organisations) or ground-up initiatives that provide humanitarian aid to this group.

In these times, remember to look out for others, especially those with pre-existing medical conditions. It will be advisable to wear N95 masks and standby working air purifiers at home to prepare for a potential haze. Let us all stay safe!

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