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  • Try to remain indoors: Go out when it’s bright and sunny. Children and persons especially suffering from heart and lung ailments are advised to stay indoors as much as possible.
  • Use N95/99 masks whenever you step out.
  • Use air purifiers, if you experience difficulty in breathing at home. They can provide short-term relief
  • Regular intake of food rich in vitamin C, magnesium and omega fatty acids will boost your immunity.
  • Do make sure you drink more water as it helps in flushing toxins from the body.
  • Don’t use main roads. Pollution drops away substantially when you’re walking in smaller lanes away from the main roads.
  • Avoid strenuous activity, which leads to inhalation of greater volumes of minute pollutants.
  • If you have to exercise, do it indoors, preferably in the evening.
  • Don’t step out or indulge in outdoor activities during the early morning or when the levels of air pollution/smog are high.
  • Keep some air purifying plants in homes and offices such as Tulsi, Money Plant, Aloe Vera, Ivy and Spider Plant, etc. They help purify indoor air and minimise indoor pollution.
  • Try alternative modes of transport, pool your car with friends and fellow commuters.
  • Consult a doctor or emergency department of the nearest hospital in case of difficulty in breathing, severe coughing or onset of any other acute symptoms.
  • Avoid smoking.
  • Do not burn garbage. Make sure no one else does so in your neighbourhood.
  • To avoid indoor air pollution, make sure there is a chimney in the kitchen and an exhaust in the bathroom. This will ensure that the air is re-circulated.
  • Make sure you use energy efficiently. Use air conditioners in the summer only when absolutely necessary.
  • Trees planted alongside roads or on the boundaries of your property also slow down polluted air from being carried far by wind. Some of the most efficient tree “air cleaners” are large-growing species with leaves. For example, common ash, ginkgo biloba, oak, various linden trees and elms