Preventative measures for avoiding the effects of pollution Preventative measures for avoiding the effects of pollution

Pollution is a real problem in many cities throughout Colombia and throughout the world.

When environmental warnings are issued in order to prevent disease in at-risk patients or in more serious cases, to provide general treatment for an entire population, people often seek ways to take action.

As we know, detecting the peaks in pollution that a certain region will have does not always happen on time. It is therefore important to take preventive measures that can help reduce these risks, such as:

  • Flu vaccines for children under age six, pregnant women and the elderly: In addition to preventing flu symptoms or the common flu, these vaccines reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases such as bronchitis or pneumonia.
  • For those who live in cities with high levels of pollution, especially those with heart or lung diseases: It is important to avoid exercising outdoors during times of the day when pollution is high, which tend to be between 5:00 and 10:00 AM. This includes common activities such as walking or riding a bike. 
  • For people with chronic respiratory diseases: The recommendation is for them to live in green spaces is far from areas where there is a high concentration of pollution.
  • Stay well hydrated: Drink at least one liter of water a day and consume products that help boost your immune system such as vitamin C. Also avoid exposure to cigarette smoke.

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