Nurse's Notes: Tips for Poor Air Quality Day


Due to episodes of widespread dust, we are experiencing some periods of poor air quality in Dakar these days.  I would like to share some recommendations provided to ISD by the US Embassy to better protect yourselves and your family during these types of events.  In addition to the resources listed below, you can refer to websites such as air-matters.com and plumelabs.com for more information on air quality. Remain Indoors.

  • Encourage family members to remain indoors during periods of poor outdoor air quality. 

  • Keep windows and doors closed, minimize the use of exhaust fans, and avoid generating indoor sources of air pollutants (e.g., don’t smoke or burn candles). 

  • Run room air cleaners and dehumidifiers. 

  • Don’t forget to clean the filters for these units regularly. If you must leave the residence, newer vehicles have good air filters. 

  • Keep the windows closed and the air vent on recirculate. 

Avoid Strenuous Activity.

Plan physically strenuous outdoor activities to coincide with better air quality. Adults who must work outdoors during periods of extreme air pollution should wear proper respiratory protection. Keep your children indoors during episodes of severe air pollution. 


Contact your health care provider if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

Chest Pains, Irritation of the airways, Wheezing, Asthma attacks, Shortness of Breath or difficulty breathing.


People with lung or heart conditions should also consult a health care provider before using respiratory protection, as this can add burden to breathing.


Information and health recommendations regarding the days air quality can be found on air-dakar.org and http://cas.state.gov/airquality/.  


Cheers to your Health,

Nurse Jen

The International School of Dakar

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