Just read this.
While I was in Bandung (just yesterday) I did feel like Singaporeans were a huge bunch of whiners because all I saw was griping on social media, and it’s like the haze rendered everyone immobile.
Now that I’m back I can see why people would react so strongly. Before I left, PSI hit >100 and people in Beijing were saying that it’s normal and wouldn’t be much to worry about. It was bearable then. As I type, the PSI has hit >400. While the smell is tolerable, my throat is clamming up. My windows and doors are closed and airconditioning is on, but I don’t think the aircon filters are doing much to filter out anything.
SMSes have been circulating –
- ::DON’T BREATH TOO HARD:: SG PM2.5 (particulate matter 30X smaller than the diameter of hair) has been above 240ug/m3. The safe range is between 0-15. This will increase our risk for lung cancer and other pulmonary disorders as PM2.5 is usually trapped in the deeper tracts of the lungs…for good. And not to mention its association with heart diseases. Stop strenuous activities, even indoors.
- My friend works for NEA and here’s what she advises: Hi all, pls make sure that u keep all windows shut at all times n bathroom doors too. Wat u breathe in gets lodged deep in ur lungs n can’t get out. It’s the PM2.5 particulate matter that’s dangerous. Make sure u cover your nose when outdoors
- From someone who is doing phd in biochem , he said that these particulates(in the haze) are too tiny and they will bypass the hairy and mucous nose to lodge into the lungs. As these particulates are non-water solvent, they will stay in the lungs, will cause cells to mutate and potentially cancer cells can develop from there. So do take care and keep your children and elderly folks indoors. And wear N95 masks even though it’s a short walk from home to car and office.
And the government hasn’t done much to assure citizens that they’re doing their best to keep the situation under control. (Read one man’s thoughts about this)
In other news,
N95 masks are being sold at sky-high prices, and people are queueing in insanely long queues for masks.
I used to think wearing masks would be unnecessary but here’s some medical evidence that proves otherwise (and supports some of the claims that were sent via sms)
And on a super unrelated note, Kanye West named his kid NORTH. NORTH WEST YO.
So anyway. It seems like there’s nothing much Singaporeans can do but to:
- Load up on the vitamin C
- Wear a mask
- Stay indoors as much as possible.
In the meantime, here’s a fun project.
mask-up-sg.tumblr.com – while we’re at it, we’re collecting your masked selfies.
And also, let’s try to be less selfish during these times:
This post is so scattered and random. I bet it’s the haze messing with my brain.
Till then, le cats are staying indoors.
For concerned pet owners:
PSI CAT SAYS BYE.