A Nigerian doctor who is an influencer on Twitter that focuses on the medical field, has taken to the micro-blogging platform to advise Nigerians who often find themselves in heavy traffic, to avoid winding up their windows.
He gave the advise in reaction to the photo of a heavy traffic scene in an undisclosed part of Lagos Nigeria. Taking to his handle @aproko_doctor, he said that winding up windows in traffic is likely to kill one faster than when it is down.
In his words: “People wind up their windows in cars not realizing that the air pollution inside cars is worse than the one outside especially in traffic Air pollution is about 9 to 12 times higher inside cars than outside, and your kids are at risk, it damages their lungs and affects learning”
“Most times the car has the AC on, just sucking the exhaust coming out of the danfo or lorry in front of them straight into the car. We don’t take air pollution seriously in this part of the world. Air pollution is even responsible for some cases of cancers.
“Imagine the average Lagosian, working hard hours, stressed and then spending 5 hours daily on the road breathing in toxic fumes. You wonder why we don’t live as long as our ancestors as many people claim. Take your health seriously, be conscious about these things. What should you do?
In this case, it’s not just you alone, reducing the amount of cars on the road will help. You don’t have to take the car everywhere if you can walk to that place, if you’re standing at a crowded junction, use a face mask.
Don’t exercise in polluted areas If you are in a traffic jam, and use the AC, use the option of recycling the air inside till you’re in the clear. This might help reduce the amount of toxic fumes you are being exposed to. Retweet the thread so others can learn. Thank you
If you’re stuck in traffic longer than 15 minutes, I suggest you turn off the circulation for sometime. Leaving it on for too long can increase the carbon dioxide in the car and lead to drowsiness and poor decisions.”