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EPA advices use of face masks as polluted air mass approaches

EPA advices use of face masks as polluted air mass approaches

Taipei, Dec. 28 (CNA) Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration on Sunday urged the public to wear surgical face masks against air pollutants that are being carried by an approaching continental cold air mass. The air pollution has been forecast to reach critically high levels in the outlying Matsu and Kinmen islands on Monday and the rest of Taiwan in the following days, according to the EPA's Taiwan Air Quality Monitoring Network website. The level of particle pollution -- the concentration of harmful fine particulate matters in the air that are 2.5 microns or less in width -- may reach as high as 10 in Kinmen and Matsu on Monday, the site said. Level 10 on the particle pollution index denotes that adults and children with lung problems, adults with heart problems, and older people, should avoid strenuous outdoor activity. People with asthma may also need to use their inhalers more often during a period of level 10 pollution, which is the highest on the index. Measurements above level 7 on the index are deemed severe enough to cause tangible discomfort and health problems. The cold air mass will begin to affect Taiwan Dec. 29 and will remain until Dec. 31, according to forecasts. In northern Taiwan, Yunlin, Chiayi, Tainan, Kaohsiung, Pintung, Yilan, and Penghu, the particle pollution may hit level 9 during that period, the EPA said. The particle pollution level in central Taiwan has been forecast at 8, and in Hsinchu and Miaoli at 7. People who have to be outdoors during the three-day period are advised, therefore, to wear protective masks to cover their mouths and noses, the EPA advised. The website publishes the latest updates on air pollution across Taiwan at 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. daily. (By Hsu Chih-wei and Ted Chen)


Updated : 2020-11-30 22:40 GMT+08:00