Research reveals worrying: Children suffocating due to bad air, 75.4 percent complain of breathlessness

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With the onset of winter, the climate of the capital becomes dangerous for children and the elderly. Now recent research has revealed that the ever-increasing air pollution has a profound effect on the health of children. Alam is that 75 percent of the children of Delhi have started suffocating.

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This research conducted by The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI) states that the air of the capital has a high concentration of PM 2.5, a major pollutant, which is pushing Delhiites especially children towards respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. In the health survey conducted on 413 children, 75.4 percent complained of breathlessness. At the same time, 24.2 percent of children had itchy eyes, 22.3 percent had regular sneezing or runny nose and 20.9% had morning cough problems. The age of these children included in the survey was between 14 and 17 years.

air made toxic with heavy metals
The concentration of zinc in PM 2.5 present in Delhi's air in October 2019 was 379 nanograms per cubic meter, which increased to 615 nanograms per cubic meter in September 2020. Similarly, the amount of lead in the air was 233 nanograms per cubic meter in 2019, which increased to 406 nanograms per cubic meter in 2020.

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problem in winter
According to TERI's environmental and health experts, the normal level of PM 2.5 is fixed at less than 60 micrograms/cubic meter. But if there is a high concentration of toxic metals in the air, there is a risk of endangering the health of people. Especially in the winter season, there are dangerous metals in the air, which cause breathing problems.

Cancer and heart disease risk from cadmium-arsenic
According to experts, some heavy metals contained in the air are extremely dangerous for human health and regular exposure to them can lead to fatal health consequences in the coming times. He says the increased amounts of cadmium and arsenic in the air put local people at greater risk of cancer, kidney problems and high blood pressure, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. Researchers have also identified heavy metals as a major component of PM 2.5, which can result in health effects.