Smog alert in southern and western Poland

Poland’s Chief Inspectorate of Environmental Protection (GIOŚ) and Government Centre for Security (RCB) sent out warnings about “very poor air quality” in some towns in southern and western Poland on Wednesday.

Lubuskie, Śląskie, Dolnośląskie and Małopolskie, Pomorskie and Wielkopolskie are some of the provinces that are affected by smog.

According to GIOŚ, very poor air quality hit Lubuskie, where the concentration of PM10 dust is high in some places.

The worst air quality was recorded on Wednesday morning in Nowy Targ in southern Poland.

Poor air quality, according to GIOŚ, has a negative impact on health. In this situation, sick, elderly people, people suffering from asthma, pregnant women and young children should absolutely avoid being outdoors. Others are advised to limit their movements to the necessary minimum.

In case of very poor air quality, long-term exposure to harmful substances in the air increases the risk of changes in the respiratory, cardiovascular and immune systems, among others.

PM10 particulate matters are inhalable particles, with diameters that are generally 10 micrometers and smaller, and according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) particulate matter contains microscopic solids or liquid droplets that are so small that they can be inhaled and cause serious health problems.

Some particles less than 10 micrometers in diameter can get deep into your lungs and some may even get into your bloodstream. Of these, particles less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter, also known as fine particles or PM2.5, pose the greatest risk to health, states the EPA website.