Saharan dust particles can cause dry cough, sneezing, runny nose

By Demion McTair. Updated 6:36 p.m., Friday, June 19, 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).

Photo: The Weather Channel.

Kingstown, St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment says that particles contained within the Saharan dust haze currently affecting the region could cause a number of health effects.

The effects include a dry cough, sore throat, itchy and watery eyes, sneezing and runny nose, the ministry says.

“High concentrations of the Saharan dust may severely affect persons with respiratory diseases such as asthma and persons with preexisting heart disease” – the ministry added.

Such persons, including children and the elderly who are most vulnerable at this time are asked to keep medication with them at all times and to limit their exposure to the dust by staying indoors.

The Weather Channel reported today (June 19), that an expansive plume of dust from the Sahara Desert has surged into the tropical Atlantic Ocean.

It has already reached the Caribbean Sea.

Some of the dust could reach the Gulf of Mexico and the United States next week.

But, this Saharan air layer generally hampers tropical cyclone development, The Weather Channel says.

Persons are asked to take the necessary precautionary measures to protect their health.

See full release from the Ministry of Health in St. Vincent.

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