AQI: What is AQI? And why should you care about it?

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Delhi air quality hazardous

Monday's Delhi air quality index (AQI), reached'very poor' levels. The capital recorded an AQI 339, as stubble-burning shares rose.

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What is the air quality index?

AQI, which measures the quality of the air every day, is an indicator that reports the air's quality.

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It takes into consideration five types of pollution.

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The 5 pollutants

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The five pollutants that are taken into account are sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, ground-level oxygen, particulate matter, and sulfur dioxide.

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Good and satisfactory AQI

An AQI of 0-50 is considered good, and 51-100 is considered satisfactory.

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This is where people with sensitive breathing problems may have trouble.

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Moderately polluted

A range of AQI 101 to 200 is considered'moderately pollution'. This can pose problems for people with asthma, heart disease, children, and the elderly.

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Poor AQI

A poor AQI is between 201-300. This can cause breathing problems in those who are exposed for a prolonged period of time, as well as discomfort for heart patients.

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Very low levels

A AQI of 301-400 is considered'very low' and can lead to respiratory disease in those who are exposed for a prolonged period.

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Severe AQI

If the AQI is between 401-500, it's considered'severe'. This can lead to respiratory problems in healthy individuals.

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Why should you care?

It is vital to know the AQI, especially for people with heart or lung problems, so that you are aware of any poor quality air.

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