Fine dust and pollution? There’s an app for that!

by ChiHon Kim
Stripes Korea

If you’ve been in South Korea recently, you may have found yourself coughing and choking under the thin layer of dust sweeping the country. The fine dust, which most Americans commonly refer to as “Yellow Dust,” originates in the deserts of Mongolia and China and is a major health hazard. Despite its name and visual similarity to city smog, it should not be taken lightly.

Every year, the dust sickens thousands. In extreme cases, it can be deadly. Those exceptionally vulnerable to the dust storm phenomenon include infants, pregnant women, and the elderly.

During times of high dust counts, local governments issue warnings which include directions limiting vehicles on the road, limiting outdoor activities, and suggesting facemask use. These warnings, unfortunately, are usually only issued in Korean. Not anymore! Monitor the air quality in your area (and in other parts of the world) in English with the AirVisual app. Not only will it help you plan out your day according to the dust index, but it will also send you  notifications when your area is at critical levels.

The app is available for iphone and android. More information: https://www.airvisual.com/air-quality-app

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