The yearly haze season is upon us again. The smell of smoke in the air and inability to see buildings in the distance throw many Singaporeans into a frenzy, and lead to many well-meaning but rather extreme pieces of advice (Auntie says “Don’t open your windows! Cannot walk outside!”)
Dr Jonathan Tan visited Health Suites on Money FM 89.3 to talk about the long and short-term effects of haze, and allay the fears of the public. Given that Singapore sees haze for a few weeks or at most 2-3 months a year, it is considered short-term exposure. This type of short-term exposure does not typically have long-term effects on the population, so Singaporeans need not be too worried. That said, those with pre-existing respiratory or cardiac conditions, and higher-risk demographics such as children, the elderly, and pregnant women, should take the necessary precautions during the haze period.
Listen to the podcast here!