After last year’s winter pollution scare, whereby a dust storm originating in the Gulf enveloped Delhi/NCR in a thick brown haze, residents are not taking any chances this time. Instead of expensive indoor air purifiers, affordable face masks are their ‘weapon of choice’ this season.Most online stores are reporting great sales in this latest “health and fashion accessory”. Portal ‘Nirvana Being’, for example, which also has a shop at Khan Market in South Delhi, told Mail Today that it has already sold 500 per cent more such masks this October as opposed to the same month in year 2017.”A trend of early purchases is being noticed as people are avoiding waiting till Diwali in November when things will get far worse and long queues will be noticed at chemists,” informed Jai Dhar Gupta, the owner.Orders are now being placed from even smaller towns in Uttar Pradesh (UP), hill stations like Pune and coastal states like Goa as more of them figure on the annual World Health Organisation (WHO) list of “most polluted spots on the globe”. Also, air filtration masks have emerged as a great gifting option for Diwali as more people realise that ‘health is wealth’.Deepak Kumar, a supervisor at the Apollo Pharmacy in G Block, Connaught Place, said, “Companies have been buying masks from us in bulk to gift to their employees on Diwali. We understand that HR departments have been taking this initiative.” Last winter was a shocker for most Delhiites as a cloud of smog descended on the city post Diwali (October 19).advertisementAfter a multi-day dust storm rose in the Gulf — Kuwait, Iran and Saudi Arabia — a heavy influx of grainy Particulate Matter (PM) 2.5 and PM 10 was seen in Delhi-NCR’s ambient environment. Crop residue burning in Punjab and Haryana added to it.Air quality remained ‘severe’ and worse (as per the National Air Quality Index) from November 7-13, leading to many instances of hospitalisation of those suffering from asthma and other respiratory diseases, and more OPD (Out Patient Dept.) cases coming in.”We stock only two varieties of masks. One is the Vogmask which has an N99 filter (meaning it can keep out 99 per cent impurities) and an activated carbon layer that removes odour and gases. The other type is ‘id Sports Pollution Mask’ which is especially for athletes as they suck in more air while exercising. Both are selling very well,” said Jai Dhar Gupta of Nirvana Being. In the market, generally, a range of masks with filters of capacity – N95, N99, N100, P95 and P100 — are available which absorb chemicals, viruses and bacteria as well.READ | Air quality worsened in Delhi: Pollution Control Board enforces graded response action planSome have double exhale valves above the nostrils to prevent build-up of Carbon Dioxide inside. “As news starts circulating of air quality going down, people will be concerned for their health and purchase masks. Our retailers and distributors in Delhi have already started receiving queries and we are stocking up on both masks for children and adults,” said Kusha Gupta, Assistant Manager of Sales, Honeywell, an American MNC which specialises on personal care products. She said she sold more masks in year 2016 winter than 2017 as in some respects, the air quality was worse at that time. While doctors are not exactly advising air masks for the general populace that is not suffering from pulmonary diseases already, even small drug stores are doing well, selling the `5-20 disposable green surgical masks. “It got so bad last year, we sold almost 2,000 pieces in November,” said Naveen Goyal of Safdarjung Medicos, next to the hospital. “Also, our clientele was not the regular expats and NRI population, but the middle class and lower middle class as well,” he said.ALSO READ | Green bench imposes Rs 50 crore fine on Delhi govt
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He declined to say if the four organizations would be asked to reduce their US-based staff, which was required of the five that were earlier designated.The announcement was further evidence that a closed-door meeting last week in Hawaii between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and senior Chinese official Yang Jiechi did little to ease bilateral tensions.The five state news outlets earlier designated as foreign missions were Xinhua news agency, China Global Television Network, China Radio International and the US distributors of the People’s Daily and English-language China Daily.After these outlets were ordered to slash their numbers of Chinese employees in the United States, Beijing hit back in March by expelling US citizens working for three major newspapers — The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. China threatened Tuesday to retaliate against new US restrictions on Chinese state media, escalating tensions between the two superpowers as they crack down on each other’s news outlets.The US State Department said Monday it was reclassifying four organizations — China Central Television, China News Service, the People’s Daily and the Global Times — as foreign missions rather than media outlets in the United States, adding to five others designated in February.China has already expelled more than a dozen American journalists as part of the row. Further retaliation? Some media rights advocates have voiced misgivings about the approach of President Donald Trump’s administration, saying it gave China a pretext to kick out journalists who have fearlessly reported on the coronavirus pandemic and the mass incarceration of Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims.State Department officials say US media are free to report critically on their government while Chinese state-run outlets report to the government. In February, China separately expelled three journalists from The Wall Street Journal after the newspaper ran an opinion piece with a headline that called the country the “sick man of Asia” — a word choice Beijing called racist.Stilwell, the assistant secretary of state, played down fears that China would expel more US journalists, saying the US actions were “simply an excuse” for Beijing to crack down on media. “Trying to tie what we do to defend ourselves to what they choose to do — to kick out the best investigative reporters, especially the ones who speak Chinese — this is all their choice,” he said. On Tuesday Beijing decried the latest US move as “bare-faced political suppression of Chinese media” that “further exposes the hypocrisy of the so-called freedom of speech and press which the US likes to flaunt”.”We strongly urge the US to reject this Cold War mindset and ideological bias… otherwise China will have no choice but to make an appropriate response,” said foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian at a routine briefing.All nine Chinese state-run news organizations will be required to report details of their US-based staff and real estate transactions to the State Department. Their news reporting will not be restricted, officials said.”These four entities are not media outlets; they are propaganda outlets,” David Stilwell, the top US diplomat for East Asia, told reporters. Topics :