Levels of hazardous particles to health (PM 2.5) in China’s capital reached 623 micrograms, this is 25 times higher the limit recommended by the World Health Organization.

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Sandstorms in north China raised pollution concentration to “dangerous” levels, have warned the authorities.

It has been recommended to older people and kids not to go out of home. A few million people have been affected in several provinces, where citizens were protecting themselves with masks.

In the last couple of years there has been less sandstorms, which could be a success of the reforestation nearby Pekin

Levels of hazardous particles to health (PM 2.5) in China’s capital reached 623 micrograms, this is 25 times higher the limit recommended by the World Health Organization.

The bigger particles (PM10) reached to 1,000 micrograms, 20 times higher the limit.

Many people put their air purifiers, widely used in the country, to the maximum in their homes. Dust particles can reach the lungs and pass into the circulatory system. Doctors warn that they can cause respiratory diseases and cardiovascular problems, as well as thrombosis.

High levels of dust in the air affect mainly older people, children and people with chronic diseases. Smog also debilitates the immune system, which can cause several illnesses.

Spring coincides with the sandstorm season in northern China. Strong winds carry sand and fine dust from the Gobi desert and from Mongolia to the industrial areas of China, already affected by smog.

In the provinces of Liaoning, Heilongjiang and Mongolia, levels of hazardous particles have also gone over the limits allowed. An alert has been made to the provinces of Hebei, Gansu, Ningxia, Shaanxi, Jilin and parts of Sinkiang.