Saharan dust can cause problems for people with respiratory illnesses

Saharan dust can cause problems for people with respiratory illnesses
Saharan dust helps obscure the sun near sunset July 16 in Shreveport.

(KSLA) - According to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, the Air Quality Index in Shreveport will be moderate through Friday.

Through Friday, southwest winds will bring a large plume of Saharan dust into the ArkLaTex, increasing particle concentration. Because of the increasing sunshine, ozone levels could also increase as well.

Even though many will not be impacted by the Saharan dust, sensitive groups and people with respiratory diseases should limit there time outside.

"People who have asthma, [chronic obstructive pulmonary disease], pneumonia or any other acute respiratory illness will want to stay inside. Dust particles can be inhaled and can cause extra coughing, shortness of breathe, and wheezing. We inform those people with respiratory diseases to stay indoors," said Dr. David Kaufman, Breathe America.

Dr. Kaufman also went on to say the dust can also impact the elderly and young children.

Many have seen the Saharan dust over the last couple of might not have even noticed it. The dust is the reason why the sky has been so hazy.

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