Due to the deteriorating air quality, the number of patients visiting Delhi’s emergency rooms has increased.

As Delhi turns to be a gas chamber, hospitals are witnessing a rise in OPD patients in the last few days. Delhi’s air quality index (AQI) is a national news currently and the situation is worsening day by day.The severe air condition of Delhi has compelled the government to shut down primary schools in the city from tomorrow till the situation improves.In view of the worse air quality, hospitals are getting patients with respiratory illnesses with cough, nasal congestion, shortness of breath and even asthma attacks.AQI is 426Delhi’s Air Quality Index (AQI) is 426 at 9.10 am on Friday which is considered ‘severe’ and can affect healthy people and seriously impact those with existing illnesses.Read AlsoCan wearing an underwired padded bra increase your breast cancer risk?There is a rumor that wearing a padded bra, the popularity of which has increased in the last several years, leads to breast cancer. It is believed that the built of the padded bra which is much different from the bras that have been in market earlier can enhance the risk of getting cancer.The symptoms commonly seenAs per the inputs given by doctors and health experts, the following symptoms are commonly seen in people staying in Delhi having respiratory issues:Cough; which can be persistent in natureNasal congestionBreathing difficulty or shortness of breathDyspneaAcute nasal problemsMore mucusRunny noseWatery eyesShortness of breathWheezingAsthma attacks”Currently, I have 25 to 30 patients in my OPD with such conditions and the entire unit/department has approximately 50-75 cases in total. People in the Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR) are reporting a worsening of respiratory symptoms as the air quality index (AQI) drops, according to Dr. Ashish Kumar Prakash, consultant (respiratory and sleep medicine) at Medanta in Gurugram. “Patients suffering from respiratory illnesses such as COPD, asthma, and others are reporting acute exacerbations, an increase in symptoms such as coughing, dyspnea, and acute nasal problems.” Dr. Ravi Shekhar Jha, director (pulmonology) at Fortis Escorts Hospital in Faridabad, has urged people to begin using masks, saying that normal masks do not provide enough protection from particulate matter (PM2.5). (With inputs from PTI)Here are some frequently asked questions about Delhi’s air quality:What is the Air Quality Index level of Delhi-NCR?Delhi Average AQI has reached 349, while the AQI for

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