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Health Advisory: Are you wondering why the sky looks a little weird?

Are you wondering why the sky looks a little weird today? What you’re seeing is a mixture of dust and sand from the Sahara in North Africa that made its way to the Caribbean. 

Saharan dust may trigger pre-existing respiratory conditions and may cause symptoms like a dry cough, a sore throat, itchy, watery eyes, sneezing or a runny nose. You may notice that some of those symptoms sound COVID related so call the hotline and allow them to best help you. 

On days like today, when there is a thick plume of dust above us, those who suffer from asthma, the elderly, young children, or those with heart disease may experience respiratory complications.

It is important to have an asthma plan, have your rescue inhaler with you at all times, and to stay indoors as much as possible on days like today. 

Wearing a mask is critical in reducing the spread of COVID-19 and will also protect you from the effects of Saharan dust. 

For those who may experience difficulty breathing with masks, it is even more important to avoid the outdoors to prevent any health-related effects that may occur from the dust or COVID-19.

Sahara dust cloud