As per the reports in New Delhi, the Air Quality Index (AQI) stood at 324 at the severe category.
It is very tough to breathe at this level. In such situations elderly citizens, children, and pregnant women are advised not to step out of their house. Despite all this, as studies estimate the damage of years of breathing this bad air has already been done.
In 2018, acute respiratory infections like bacterial infections, poor hygiene is the top communicable diseases accounting for nearly 70% in India. And according to the National Health Profile (NHP), 2019, Pneumonia is recorded as the biggest killer infection.
Director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences, and a leading lung health expert, Dr Randeep Guleria stated to News 18 that,