Health is warning people to be aware of the health risks as
smoke haze and dust storms cause poor air quality across parts of the state
A change in wind direction is likely to bring smoke from the southern
NSW and ACT bushfires into eastern parts of Sydney, the Illawarra, and possibly
the Central Coast and Newcastle this morning.
Dr Adi Vyas, NSW Health Medical Advisor said dust storms are also
affecting western NSW and some of this dust may affect western Sydney.
quality will be poor today so it’s important for people to take steps to
minimise their exposure,” Dr Vyas said.
with chronic respiratory and cardiovascular
conditions should avoid
outdoor physical activity and those with asthma should also follow their Asthma
Action Plan and carry their reliever medication with them.
physical activity, staying indoors and knowing your treatment plan are
important ways to reduce the risk of dust and smoke-related illness.”
occur for several days after dust and smoke is inhaled, so people with chronic
conditions need to be vigilant with their treatment plan.
Existing heart and lung conditions can be aggravated and cause symptoms
like irritated eyes and a cough.
“People with conditions including asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema
and heart disease should monitor their symptoms throughout the day,” Dr Vyas
heatwave conditions means that we all need to take extra care over the coming
If symptoms do
not settle, seek medical advice and in the
case of an emergency always remember to dial triple zero.
For more information, visit the
NSW Health air quality web page at: