The highest concentrations of African dust over Kefalonia and Greece today (pictures & video)

The highest concentrations of African dust in most parts of the country will be recorded today, according to the latest available data from meteo.gr . Due to the increased dust concentrations, the phenomena (rains / storms) that are expected to occur will in many cases have the characteristics of mud rain. 

Gradual removal of high concentrations of dust is expected from the afternoon of Saturday 02/04 and from the northwest.

Its hard to describe the conditions in Kefalonia at the moment the dust seems oppressive and looks like a rain cloud at higher levels. When you go outside you can smell/ taste the dust and don’t ask about windows and patio doors, a big clean up job will be happening next week.

Health data

The arrival of African dust in Greece is a fact and each of us should be vigilant if we notice the manifestation of specific symptoms related to the specific weather phenomenon. 

This particular weather phenomenon can have an impact on the lungs and the respiratory function of the human body. There are many sources of unhealthy fine particles: Burnt fossil fuels and agricultural pollutants load the air with tiny spots of irritant material on the lungs.

Symptoms of exposure to African dust

The increase in dust of any kind can cause problems such as coughing , shortness of breath or even sneezing sometimes as the nose tries to clear the molecules from the air. It is also important for people with underlying conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease to be aware of the increased risk of complications if exposed. Increased exposure to dust can have a respiratory effect on health and may contribute to the worsening of symptoms.

Although people with chronic lung disease are at greater risk of developing complications from African dust, everyone is more likely to experience symptoms related to dust exposure. If you live in an area that has higher levels of dust than normal be on the lookout for symptoms such as wheezing and coughing . Some people have tears in their eyes or nose .

Therefore, the use of a face mask is recommended when you are outdoors. Also, when you are at home, you need to close the windows and change the air filters at regular intervals if you live in a house with central air.

What are the complications in vision?

The symptoms are the same as simple conjunctivitis, ie tearing, burning sensation, foreign body sensation, redness of the eyes, severe swelling of the eyelids and conjunctiva, secretions and blurred vision. This “simple” allergic conjunctivitis, if not treated in time, can develop into viral keratitis with severe vision loss and even more severe discomfort.

The suffocating combination of COVID-19 and African powder

People who have symptoms of COVID-19 infection have an increased risk of developing African dust disorders. Exposure to COVID-19 and inhalation of polluted air can cause damage.

Fortunately, COVID-19 has raised our awareness of how to protect our lungs and also how to reduce the damage caused by the virus and air pollution.

Things like wearing face masks, paying more attention to how our lungs feel and social distance are generally helpful in maintaining lung health and can also help reduce dust exposure. The extent to which we can all strive to reduce damage and protect our lungs will help reduce the risk of adverse effects of COVID-19 as well as reduce self-exposure to dust.

Source – news4health.grw

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