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14 December 2017

Increase Your Air Quality IQ

Air quality affects your health and can change daily or even hourly like the weather.

  • The Air Quality Index (AQI) is a measurement of five air pollutants: ground-level ozone (O3), particle pollution (also known as particulate matter, PM), carbon monoxide (CO), sulfur dioxide (SO2), and nitrogen dioxide (NO2), and tells how clean or polluted the air is.

  • AQI is categorized into levels of health concern and is expressed as a number from 0 to 500 and corresponding color.  See the table below:

    • Readings up to 100 are generally considered satisfactory.

    • The higher the number the worse the air quality.

    • It is best to limit outdoor activities when AQI measurements are high.

  • Older adults, children (including teenagers), and those who have heart and lung conditions can be more sensitive to poor air quality and should take notice of the area AQI.

  • Hanoi AQI readings for PM2.5 and PM10, and SO2 can be found here.

Concordia checks AQI multiple times per day from multiple sources to ensure students are safe.

Posted in: Health

Tagged: AQI Hanoi, Air Quality Index, Pollution

14 December 2017

Increase Your Air Quality IQ

Air quality affects your health and can change daily or even hourly like the weather. The Air Quality Index (AQI) is a measurement of five air pollutants: ground-level ozone (O3), particle pollution (also known...

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18 September 2017

Health Focus: Don’t be Dengue Scared! Be Dengue Safe!

Dengue is caused by a virus that is spread from person to person by the bite of a female Aedes mosquito (the same mosquito that spreads yellow fever and Zika infection).  These mosquitoes can bite anytime in the day or night.

*Note the black and white stripes on its body and legs

  • Most people develop fever and flu-like symptoms that begin between 4-7 days after the bite and last for about a week

  • Symptoms include a high fever plus severe headache, severe pain behind the eyes, joint pain, muscle and bone pain, rash, and mild bleeding (bruising easily, gums or nose bleed).

  • If you think you have dengue, do not take aspirin products or ibuprofen, use acetaminophen.  Get lots of rest and take plenty of liquids.

  • A family member who has dengue can be a source of infection for others at home- keep infected persons under a mosquito net.  

  • PREVENTION OF MOSQUITO BITES is the goal. Some ways to do this are:

    • Remove any standing water where mosquitoes can lay eggs, like pet watering containers and flower vases!

    • Spray exposed skin with insect repellent sprays that contain 20-30% DEET

    • Using air conditioners and window screens can keep mosquitoes stay out of your house

Posted in: Health

Tagged: dengue fever, Aedes Mosquito

18 September 2017

Health Focus: Don’t be Dengue Scared! Be Dengue Safe!

Dengue is caused by a virus that is spread from person to person by the bite of a female Aedes mosquito (the same mosquito that spreads yellow fever and Zika infection).  These mosquitoes...

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