Ag. Public Health Communications Specialist
Ministry of Health and Social Development
Telephone: 468-3701 ext. 852 7742
British Virgin Islands’ residents are advised to reduce exposure to the Sahara Desert dust plume by wearing face masks in public spaces. The dust cloud which has caused skies to be hazy is to remain hovered over the Territory during this week.
The air quality poses elevated health risks to sensitive and vulnerable groups of people such as seniors, children, persons with heart disease and persons with respiratory illnesses such as asthma. The Public Health Division is warning that the dust cloud may also cause increased aggravation of heart or lung disease or premature death in persons with cardiopulmonary disease.
Active adults, children and people with heart or respiratory diseases should limit time outdoors, or avoid any outdoor activity with prolonged exertion at this time. Windows and doors should be kept closed as much as possible and face masks worn to filter out particles. Persons with medical conditions who are experiencing difficulties breathing are asked to consult their physician.