How Best to Celebrate A Secure Diwali Amidst the Pandemic and Air Pollution.

Diwali is one of the most celebrated festivals of India. But the pandemic and air pollution together can give rise to various health issues, which include respiratory diseases like COPD, fatigue, headaches and anxiety, aggravation of bronchial asthma, allergic reactions, and nervous system damage and can also affect the cardiovascular system.

Here are some of the precautions you can take to celebrate a safe and sound Diwali guarded against viruses and pollutants in the air around you:

Keep Proper Ventilation:

Frequently open windows and ventilators of your house to allow the circulation of air. Fresh air will reduce the chances of distress caused due to pollution. Place nets on these open windows if you want to keep mosquitoes and other pests away.

Always Wear a Mask When Outside:

The usage of viral barring masks has become essential to keep oneself safe during the Covid-19 pandemic. At the same time, with Diwali crackers flooding the immediate environment of habitations with extra smoke and vapours, using a mask would be beneficial for patients of respiratory disorders so that they are guarded generally against both the coronavirus and the extra smoke from crackers.

Do Not Use Alcohol Based Sanitisers Before Lighting A Flame:

Most sanitisers have alcohol in them which can easily cause fire hazards if brought near an open flame. So, refrain from using sanitisers before lighting diyas or candles. Do not bring containers of sanitisers close to an open flame as well.

A Vitamin C Rich Diet:

Try to eat fruits or any food that contains a high amount of vitamin C, magnesium, and omega fatty acids to boost your immunity against the coronavirus as well as against respiratory problems or even common colds which occur during Diwali season in especially higher altitudes.

Maintain Social Distancing:

Remember, not maintaining physical distance from others when outside can prove to be very unsafe this year. So, while going out, maintain social distancing rigorously. This has been designated as one of the best ways of defence against the coronavirus even by the WHO and many advanced nations of the world including India, France, England, and the United States of America.

Avoid the ‘Great’ Outdoors: 

Avoid participating in outdoor exercises like cycling, jogging, cardio, etc during the morning and the evening. Instead, opt for indoor or gym exercise. Even if you are doing outdoor activities as exercise, please be aware of your distance from people as much as you can.

Always Carry an Inhaler: 

Patients who have recovered from Covid-19 or have respiratory diseases should always carry an inhaler along with them in case of an emergency. This holds true for even the residual smoke the morning and/or days after Diwali.

Choose to Avoid Firecrackers:

While many people have emotions attached to Diwali and firecrackers, it remains our prerogative to choose to not burst crackers for many different reasons – environmental concerns, fire safety, pet care, and even medically delicate locations and situations like near a hospital or an old age home or a COVID hospital or quarantine centre. While a complete ban has not been enacted in any of these cases, it is important to note that at least seven Indian states have placed a complete ban on firecrackers this year.