The ashes thrown by the volcano Popocatépetl yes they affect our health. In this regard, the International Network on Volcanic Risks for Health (IVHHN), indicates that during some eruptions, the particles can be so fine that they are sucked deep into our interior. lungs .
For several weeks, the activity of the Popocatépetl volcano has increased with exhalations and ash emissions reaching several kilometers above the crater. The wind has extended the reach of them to Mexico City, Puebla, Morelos and the State of Mexico.
In this sense, the IVHHN indicates that even in healthy individuals, prolonged exposure to ashes causes discomfort in the chest, accompanied by an increase in cough and irritation . While the people who have lung problems can develop severe symptoms of bronchitis .
On the other hand, National Center for Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED) suggests that when there are ash emissions we cover ourselves with a handkerchief or mask; clean the eyes and throat with pure water and avoid eating food on the street.
At home it is advisable to keep doors and windows closed to prevent ash from entering these spaces and to stay indoors whenever possible.
It is also advisable that those who wish to improve the air quality and eliminate all the impurities indoors use some purifier ; Its function is to attract air into the unit, separate the particles by trapping them in a filter and distribute the clean air through the rooms.
For his part, the doctor Carlos León , Director of the Asthma and Allergy Center of Mexico states: "To avoid any illness caused by the pollution Intramurals it is advisable to have an air purifier in the house, in the office, in the school and in hospitals, even more so in times of contingency ".