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Delhi Sees Seasonal Spike in Respiratory Illnesses Amid Air Pollution

© AP Photo / Altaf QadriSmog envelopes the skyline in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020
Smog envelopes the skyline in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020 - Sputnik India, 1920, 11.01.2023
Delhi’s air pollution was reportedly the culprit behind approximately 54,000 deaths in 2020.
As the air pollution level in the Indian capital remains between very poor and severe, and temperatures continue to drop, Delhi is seeing a spike in cases of respiratory illnesses, especially among children and senior citizens.
Cases of lung ailments, including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are among the most widespread, not to mention simple cold and flu.

Speaking to Sputnik, doctors revealed this has actually become a pattern for Delhi: whenever Air Quality Index (AQI) remains above the 350 mark for days, the cases go up.

The average air quality index from January 1 to 10 was 367.
A police officer stands guard outside Jama Masjid during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, in the old quarters of New Delhi on April 25, 2020. (Photo by SAJJAD HUSSAIN / AFP) - Sputnik India, 1920, 10.01.2023
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Delhi's Air Quality Worsens, Plunging Into 'Severe' Category
An AQI between zero and 50 is considered good, 51 and 100 satisfactory, 101 and 200 moderate, 201 and 300 poor, 301 and 400 very poor, and 401 and 500 severe. The AQI in the very poor and beyond category is likely to cause respiratory issues upon prolonged exposure.

Dr. Karan Madan, a pulmonologist at AIIMS Delhi, said that currently, Delhi's air is dry, and coupled with the high level of pollution, it all leads to irritated lungs, causes shortness of breath, and accelerates the existing lung and heart problems.

Therefore, an increase in respiratory issues has been reported from October till the end of January every year, he added.