A recent survey conducted by healthcare provider Pristyn Care indicates that a staggering 60 percent of residents in New Delhi and Mumbai are contemplating relocation due to the worsening air pollution in these cities. The survey, encompassing 4,000 respondents from Delhi, Mumbai, and neighboring areas, sheds light on the pervasive impact of deteriorating air quality on people’s well-being, especially during the winter season.
Air Pollution Woes: 60% of Delhi and Mumbai Residents Contemplate Relocation, Survey Reveals
The findings underscore the prevalence of common symptoms associated with poor air quality, with nine out of 10 respondents reporting issues such as persistent coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing, sore throat, and eye irritation. The survey suggests a growing concern among residents, prompting a substantial number to consider moving to areas with better air quality.
The impact of air pollution on respiratory health is evident, with 40 percent of respondents noting a worsening of pre-existing conditions like asthma or bronchitis during the winter season. The health implications are severe enough that four in 10 residents in Delhi and Mumbai seek medical attention for air pollution-related health issues annually or every few years.
Addressing Air Pollution Concerns: Lifestyle Adjustments, Air Purifier Usage, and Misconceptions Among Delhi and Mumbai Residents
In terms of lifestyle adjustments, the survey indicates that 35 percent of respondents have curtailed outdoor activities, including exercise and running, to mitigate the effects of air pollution. Additionally, 30 percent have adopted the practice of wearing masks outdoors as a preventive measure.
Notably, the use of air purifiers appears to be less prevalent, with only 27 percent of respondents in Delhi and Mumbai acknowledging their use. Surprisingly, the survey reveals that 43 percent of participants harbor the misconception that air purifiers may reduce immunity. This highlights a need for increased awareness and education regarding the benefits and proper use of air purifiers in combating indoor air pollution.