Take precaution against Saharan dust says ODPEM
Saharan dust plume, seen by the NOAA-20 satellite on June 17, 2020.

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is cautioning members of the public to guard against the effects of the Saharan dust, which is once again impacting the island.

Members of the public and particularly persons who are already experiencing respiratory illnesses and those who are prone to respiratory illness should exercise great care, by observing the following precautions:

· Staying indoors as much as possible

· Wear a face mask outside

· Wear protector for the eyes

· Cover water used for domestic purposes including drinking and food preparation.

· Exercise caution when driving in areas of low visibility

· Keep windows and doors closed to reduce dust pollution

· Cover food items in the house to prevent dust contamination

· Persons with respiratory illnesses should be guided by the Ministry of Health and Wellness

· Keep hydrated especially if working outside

· Persons with underlying respiratory illnesss should ensure they have medication at hand

ODPEM said it is monitoring the situation and will advise as it becomes necessary.

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