Delhi’s overall air quality index is at 525, which is extremely dangerous. As the situation worsens, Delhi’s Environment Minister Gopal Rai has announced that 50 percent of government employees in Delhi will be required to work from home. An advice will be issued for this to the cabinets. He also announced that revenue departments will hold talks with markets to see how market timing can be adjusted. But as always, there were thousands of people sharing memes about what it feels like to go outside when the air around them is dangerous. While some talked about the dangers of asthma and bronchitis, some joked about it.
“Just consumed 32 cigarettes today. #delhi,” wrote one Twitter user. Another person wrote: “Smoking in Delhi is healthier than doing yoga in Delhi.” Let’s see:
Smoking in Delhi is healthier than doing yoga in Delhi
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) Nov 4, 2022
— Dr. Ritesh Malik (@drriteshmalik) Nov 3, 2022
— Arnaz Hathiram (@ArnazHathiram) Nov 2, 2022
— D Pandey -100% follow back (@DPandey34772113) Nov 3, 2022
— Syed Nazakat (@SyedNazakat) Nov 3, 2022
Delhi is in health crisis. It has become a gas chamber.
AQI 400 very high.
People who can’t breathe.
— Ashwani Dubey (@ashwani_dube) Nov 3, 2022
Meanwhile, a report from the Energy Policy Institute of the University of Chicago (EPIC)’s Air Quality Life Index (AQLI), released in June, said Delhi residents are expected to lose 10 years in life expectancy as a result of the poor air quality.
Once a luxury item, air purifiers have increasingly become a necessity as sales soar amid a surge in pollution levels in Delhi that are now just a notch below the ‘Severe Plus’ category. Demand for air purifiers has risen in the national capital, especially after Diwali, which saw widespread fireworks going off despite a ban.
“Air quality in India is deteriorating due to many activities – industrial expansion in cities, population density, improper waste management, crop burning, increased car use and a few natural causes. There is evidence that air pollution, both indoors and outdoors, is increasing and is the cause of higher morbidity and mortality,” Kartik Singhal, founder of O2 Cure and director of Zeco Aircon Ltd told PTI.
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