Calima in the Canary Islands: Masks for the calima and extreme precautions - La Provincia

The State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) keeps on Monday in yellow notice to Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura by calima (presence of Sahara dust suspended in the air), which can reduce visibility below 1,500 meters, especially throughout the afternoon, as reported on its website.

The Canary Islands face the third consecutive day in this episode of Calima, the most serious one that is remembered in the islands in more than a decade, which caused chaos in air traffic during the weekend, forcing traffic to be closed for hours all airports of the archipelago.

Given this phenomenon, the Ministry of Health of the Canary Government, through the General Directorate of Public Health, repeats its recommendations to the population to take precautions such as avoiding prolonged exposure to the outside air, keeping the windows closed and not making physical efforts outdoors.

Suspended dust helps dry out the airways, and on many occasions it can lead to an aggravation of conditions or symptoms related to respiratory diseases, such as asthma, people with chronic obstructive disease (COPD) that increase visits to emergency services and hospital admissions in some cases.

Exposure to this contaminant can cause chest discomfort, cough, palpitations, fatigue or increased susceptibility to respiratory infections, at least during the five days after the onset of the episode.


Therefore, the following measures are recommended for people sensitive to these types of events - such as children, the elderly and people with chronic respiratory or cardiovascular diseases:

-Do not go outside and keep closed doors and windows of houses.

-Make the cleaning of the surfaces with the dust with damp cloths.

-Stay in humid environments and hydrate.

-Do not perform physical exercises abroad.

-In case of worsening respiratory symptoms call 112.


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