Dear Korea #105 – Getting Harder to Breathe

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Ughhh, this smog. I need to stop going outside. I guess this would be a good excuse as any to sit at home and enjoy a Pixar movie marathon with a hot bowl of soup and some tea. That all sounds good right now.

For the curious readers, the smog we’ve been facing in Korea is apparently blown in from China. It crosses the West Sea, where it gets diluted (thank goodness), but a good percentage of it still reaches us. The smog we receive is supposed to be worse in winter, as it carries more ultrafine particles than what we receive during yellow dust season. It’s also said to be toxic due to all the chemicals and heavy metals in the air.

 

Ughhh, this smog. I need to stop going outside. I guess this would be a good excuse as any to sit at home and enjoy a Pixar movie marathon with a hot bowl of soup and some tea. That all sounds good right now.

For the curious readers, the smog we’ve been facing in Korea is apparently blown in from China. It crosses the West Sea, where it gets diluted (thank goodness), but a good percentage of it still reaches us. The smog we receive is supposed to be worse in winter, as it carries more ultrafine particles than what we receive during yellow dust season. It’s also said to be toxic due to all the chemicals and heavy metals in the air.

This is a major bummer for those with asthma and respiratory problems. I’ve already seen a few of my friends catching all sorts of things like bronchitis. As for me, the worst I seem to have gotten is a sore throat, a sniffly nose, and a bit of a headache. I can only imagine how bad it is for those living in China. If anyone is reading from that side of the world, I’m sorry you’re having to breathe in that stuff.

I think it’s time for me to finally invest in one of those masks, even if they do make me look silly.



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