May 18, 2011

Protect yourself from yellow dust

What is yellow dust and how do you prevent yellow dust from making us sick?

During the change of seasons, people are especially vulnerable to illness such as the common flu because of sudden change in environment. Yellow dust is one of these sudden change. During spring and winter time, when yellow dust is the worst, students must be especially careful to avoid being getting sick.

The yellow dust is a phenomenon that affects much of East Asia sporadically during the springtime months. The dust originates from the deserts of Mongolia, China and Kazakhstan, and are carried through strong wind that produce intense clouds of dust.

These clouds of dust are capable of producing acid rain, carrying toxic pollutants, vacteria and viruses. Areas affected with concentrated dust experience decreased visibility and stain buildings and automobiles yellow. On the human body, it is know to cause deteriorating effects including sore throat, asthma and other various health problems.

Although the Korean government is trying their best to aid the Chinese in restoring these yellow dust originating regions, this has not alleviated the problem yet.

Another popular springtime illness is the common flu. Here's a list of how to prevent yourself from getting the flu:

1. Wash your hands often.Washing your hands frequently is probably the most important method to prevent the common cold. It is the most important method, simultaneously, the most effective. Even when outside, regularly washing hands, by even using a sanitizing hand wipes or a sanitizer, can be helpful.
2. Wear a mask.Especially during winter and spring, when yellow dust is at its worst point, wearing a mask can prevent much of the dust going into the body.
3. Don’t smoke.Smoking can often damage airways and increase the vulnerability. Even second hand smoking can be harmful. Smoking can bring the similar effect of inhaling yellow dust.
4. Throw used tissues right away.Don’t leave used tissues lying around desks and other surfaces. The viruses can be left on the surface and contaminate others who touch it. Leaving used tissues around can be another cause of spreading the virus.
6. Wear glasses, not lens.Wearing glasses is better for the eyes than lens especially during the yellow dust season. Wearing contact lens can make the eyes more exposed to dusts because it provides no protection
7. Drink a lot of water!Water makes up 75% of human body. The amount of water people drink is critical. Dehydration can cause tiredness, constipation, muscle cramps, irregular blood pressure, kidney problems, dry skin, etc. Drinking water is important in maintaing homeostasis the body, preventing cold.
8. Create a healthy lifestyle.Last but not least, living a healthy lifestyle and acquiring good habits are important factors of preventing cold. Exercise, eat well. and sleep well. Physical activities and getting enough sleep will enhance the immune system.

Don’t let the yellow dust effect you! Remember these tips and stay healthy!

Written by hyunk12
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