Saharan dust continues to affect T&T

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    FILE PHOTO: This Met Office photo from Piarco on June 21st 2020 shows the impact of Saharan dust over the northern range

    T&T continues to be affected by a thick concentration of Saharan dust in the atmosphere.

    According to the Environmental Management Authority, Air Quality Index readings at Point Lisas and Port of Spain at 11am were at “Moderate”.

    This means respiratory symptoms are possible in unusually sensitive individuals, with possible aggravation of heart or lung disease in people with cardiopulmonary disease and older adults.

    Meanwhile, the AQI reading in San Fernando and Signal Hill in Tobago were at “Sensitive Groups” as at 11am today.

    The EMA says this means an increasing likelihood of respiratory symptoms in sensitive groups including older adults, children, and people with respiratory ailments and allergies, as well as aggravation of heart or lung disease and premature mortality in people with heart or lung disease.