Depending on the type of air pollution and the quantity, our bodies can experience symptoms ranging from minor headaches to irritation and death. Particulate matter (PM 2.5 and PM 10) is the most concerning form of air pollution for physical health and has been linked to lung cancer, irregular heartbeats and heart attacks, underweight births and shortened lifespan among other things. N95 masks, staying indoors and air purifiers are some ways to combat bad air quality’s effect on your health, depending on the type and level of pollution as measured by AQI.

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