Winds are forecast to carry dust from western NSW
across the state on Thursday, bringing high dust levels to the east coast. Air
quality in the Sydney basin could be poor for Thursday and possibly extending
Director of Environmental Health
Dr Richard Broome 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
“If possible, stay in air-conditioned
premises where filtration systems can help to reduce dust particles in the air,” Dr Broome said.
“Dust may aggravate existing heart and lung conditions
and cause symptoms like eye irritation and cough.
“Symptoms can occur for several days after dust is inhaled, so people with the chronic
conditions need to be vigilant with their treatment programs.
“People with asthma or a lung condition who develop symptoms such as shortness of
breath, coughing or wheezing,
their Asthma or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) 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.
“Healthy adults may also feel the effects of fine particles that can irritate the lungs, so it’s
wise to reschedule or cut back on prolonged or strenuous outdoor activities when dust
levels are high.
These particles can cause a variety of health
problems, such as itchy or burning eyes, throat irritation, runny nose and
illnesses such as bronchitis.
In case of emergency always remember to dial triple
zero. For more information, visit the NSW Health air quality web page at: