Chapter 18 : Protecting Yourself

With awareness of the air pollution problem increasing, there are now more and more options when thinking about protecting yourself from breathing in harmful toxins. However, there are still far too many people who don’t see it as a problem! Even if you don’t feel any changes in your health or breathing now, taking steps to protect yourself against the pollution is undeniably important for your future health and even the health of any children you may have.

The Air Quality Index is the measurements now used to track how polluted it is an how harmful too much exposure would be for people. For those of you who do not know, the Air Quality Index looks something like this:



Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups--------101-150(Orange)

Unhealthy------------------------------151-200(Bright Red)

Very Unhealthy------------------------------201-300(Purple)

Hazardous----------------------------------- >300 (Dark Red)

Stay aware! There are many apps available now that will track the air quality in Chinese cities and update it hourly. The most popular one today is called the ‘China Air Pollution Index’. Keep this on your phone and check it before going for a run or having a picnic in the park to make sure that the air is of a high enough quality that your trip not be hazardous.

Some face masks are better than others! While they may be cute, the fuzzy masks that just cover your mouth are barely filtering the air at all. The best mask for battling the air pollution is the N95 Industrial Mask which can be purchased on Amazon or Taobao.

While a bit pricier than masks but even more helpful, consider buying air purifiers for your home and not leaving the windows open on days where the pollution is high than 50-75.

Buying plants for your home that have air purifying capabilities are a cheaper and more elegant way to keep the air in your home clean. Some houseplants that will help with air purification are:

-Peace Lilly (Spathiphyllum Wallis)

-Aloe Vera

-Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

-English Ivy (Hedera helix)

-Chrysanthemum (Chrysantheium morifolium)

-Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica)

Bonus Tip: Eating lots of raw fruits and vegetables is very healthy on highly polluted days. The antioxidants in them will help your body combat any pollutants that make it into your system!



优-----0-50 (绿色)

良 ---- 51-100 (黄色)

不适于敏感人群 ----- 101-150 (橙色)

不健康 ------ 151—200 (红色)

非常不健康 ----201—300 (紫色)

危险----- >300 (暗红色)





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