Pollution worsens Covid - read what Govt has to say

I find that there is sizable number of people on LocalCircles who are opposed to the idea of cracker ban and are going to the extent of saying “Come what may I will burn crackers on Diwali”. Some are saying why ban on Hindu festival only, why not noise pollution ban on Muslim festivals. To all such ignorant souls please read Govts view on How Pollution worsens Covid.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) accepted a correlation between air pollution and Covid-19 mortality. Addressing the media, ICMR Director-General Dr Balram Bhargav said that international studies have established that Covid-19 and air pollution can aggravate respiratory disorders and lead to an increase in mortality. Dr Bhargav also quoted a study conducted at Howard Chen Institute in Boston, the US, which has found that the SARS-COV-2 virus remains suspended in PM 2.5 (particulate matter) in most-polluted environments. He further said that given the conditions, rapid and widespread adoption of wearing masks is the only treatment against Covid-19 and pollution. In fact, a study conducted in San Francisco on wildfires and their effect on Covid-19 mortality shows that the wildfire allied pollutants, particulate matter PM-2.5m and CO have a positive association with an increased number of SARS-COV-2 daily cases, cumulative cases and cumulative deaths in San Francisco. Many countries around the world are experiencing high levels of air pollution.

This is not about any religion. Lets not burn crackers for safety of our families friends and communities thanks 🙏 🙏 more  

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There's no "ilaaj" for ignorance! more  
It is time institutions should measure particle size PM10 and PM2.5. There is no facility to calibrate and test the instruments. In addition to doing modelling with computer and actual data should be collected to know the dispersion of particles. Delhi will get fine particles due to burning in Punjab and loo in Rajasthan. It is important to know what are those PM10 and PM 2.5 particles. These particles are also from small fires in the city during winter, millions of small shop tandoors and generators which are working without the use of petrol. These studies should be taught to children the importance of pollution. Burning crackers for three days will not pollute much. One can measure the composition of these fine particles. If people are worried then let people do at a central place like USA. We do during Dasserhera we burn Ravan at a central place. let us burn crackers. You must see the joy in the eyes in small children. The only important thing is parents should spend a few hours with them during burning cracker. more  
One can still celebrate Deepavali without crackers - candles, lights, eats, pujas. more  
Ban on crackers is for Diwali only and after 30th November you can use crackers? Don't understand.. more  
I also fully support no crackers less use of car. more  
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