Destin Says More Saharan Dust Coming


Climatologist Dale Destin says another round of the Saharan dust is heading towards the region.

Antigua and the region have been blanketed by a large area of the dust for the last few days. Just as the skies were beginning to clear Destin has presented new satellite images of more dust on the way.

Destin says air quality will continue to improve today but is predicting that another Saharan dust cloud will begin affecting the area from Thursday night.

The ministry of health said in an advisory yesterday that residents should begin to take the necessary precautions .

“Reports from Government-run health facilities have not shown an increase in respiratory compromise as was predicted by Meteorological officials. However, with most people heeding to current health advisories, the wearing of masks and face coverings might have had a positive impact on mask users by helping to shield them from this increase in particulate matter. Notwithstanding, the Ministry of Health continues to advise the public to seek medical attention for shortness of breath and any other breathing difficulty. Other negative impacts of an increase in Sahara dust include worsening of asthmatic symptoms to include cough and chest tightness and worsening of allergic conditions such as allergic conjunctivitis (red itchy eyes) and allergic rhinitis (runny nose).”

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  1. Is it because the Saharan dust passed by at a very high altitude, maybe at the highest level of the troposphere, why The health officials did not see an increase respiratory conditions?

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