NSW dust storm: worst is over but remain vigilant

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Air quality across Sydney remains ‘hazardous’ following the dust storm which blanketed the city yesterday.

The state of the air quality is unhealthy for anyone, but particularly those with heart and lung conditions. 

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, dust haze may linger over the next couple of days.

Western Sydney Local Health District’s public health unit director Dr Shopna Bag has warned that symptoms of dust exposure can occur for several days. 

“People with the chronic conditions need to remain vigilant with their treatment programs.

A timelapse captures the dust storm passing over Westmead yesterday.

“Dust can aggravate existing heart and lung conditions, as well as causing symptoms like itchy or burning eyes, throat irritation and runny nose.

“People with asthma or a lung condition who develop symptoms such as shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing, should follow their Asthma or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Action Plan.

“If symptoms do not settle, seek medical advice. If you are on home oxygen treatment, continue as prescribed and if breathlessness worsens, contact your doctor.

“As always, in case of emergency, always dial Triple Zero.”

For more information, visit the NSW Health air quality web page: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/factsheets/Pages/dust-storms.aspx