With strong winds raising dust over the Adelaide metropolitan area, South Australians, especially those with asthma and other chest conditions, are advised to stay indoors and keep their doors and windows shut.
The Department for Health and Wellbeing’s Scientific Services Branch Director, Dr David Simon, is recommending people with chest or heart conditions stay indoors while the dust is present and follow their personal health management plans.
“We know that exposure to high levels of dust can aggravate conditions such as asthma, emphysema, bronchitis and other respiratory diseases,” Dr Simon said.
“We also know that high levels of dust can be associated with an increased risk of cardiac events such as heart attacks.
“We advise people with health concerns to avoid exposure to dust, stay indoors, and keep their doors and windows closed.
“People with asthma should have an asthma action plan and carry their reliever medication at all times, even when they are feeling well.
“We are also advising that people avoid exercise in high areas of dust.”
Anyone requiring urgent medical attention should call Triple Zero (000). For more information, go to www.sahealth.sa.gov.au.