Gran Canaria Event


It is Gran Canaria are hit hardest by the particles today, and partly Tenerife. The microscopic sand particles in the air can be dangerous to breathe. The respiratory system can dry out, and people can experience worsening symptoms of respiratory diseases, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The smallest dust particles can enter the bloodstream. In the worst case, they cause problems with internal organs. Scientific studies have shown increased mortality in connection with calima. Exposure to the sand pond can cause chest discomfort, coughing, palpitations, fatigue or increased susceptibility to respiratory infections. These symptoms can occur for at least five days after the calima period starts, it is emphasized in the message from the Directorate of Health. Health advice from authorities should therefore be taken seriously. Particularly vulnerable people, i.e. children, the elderly and people with chronic respiratory problems, are today recommended to follow these precautions under calima:

  • Do not go out and keep the doors and windows of the house/apartment closed.
  • Clean surfaces with sand dust with a damp cloth.
  • Stay in areas with good humidity Drink more water than usual, regardless of how physically active you are, and drink before you feel thirsty.
  • This is particularly important for the elderly and the chronically ill, who should drink water at least once an hour to avoid dehydration.
  • Avoid physical activity outdoors. If respiratory symptoms worsen: Call 112.