NSW Health is urging people to be aware of the health risks of dust storms as a large dust storm is forecast to move across NSW, potentially affecting Sydney and the east coast. Winds are forecast to carry dust from western NSW across the state today, bringing high dust levels to the east coast. Air quality in the Western NSW Lo- cal Health District could be poor for Dubbo and surrounding areas.
WNSWLHD Public Health Manager, Priscilla Stanley said, “It was especially important for children, older persons, and people with chronic respiratory and cardiovascular conditions such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema and heart disease to limit their time outside and not engage in vigorous exercise during a dust storm.”
“If possible, stay in air-conditioned premises where filtration systems can help to reduce dust particles in the air,” Priscilla said.
“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 (COPD) Action Plan. “If symptoms do not settle, seek medical advice.”
For more information, visit www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/factsheets/pages/duststorms