Smog to be More Harmful than SARS
A scientist for the Chinese Academy of Engineering said that the smog hovering over eastern and central China is more harmful to people that contacting severe acute respiratory syndrome or SARS ten years ago. He said the spread of the disease can be controlled and quarantined but nobody can escape air pollution.
Zhing Nanshan a scientist who made the comment was the part of a team that helped in identifying and stems the 2003 outbreak of the SARS virus. He also said that the smog in the city is one of the causes of respiratory diseases in China. He also said that in the past ten years the number of lung cancer cases increased by 60 percent which was backed by a study made by a Hong Kong medical expert who found out that the fatality rate among residents increases to 11 percent if the levels of PM 2.5 is at 200 micrograms per cubic meter.
Zhong also said that in the long run the smog will also affect the cerebrovascular, cardiovascular and nervous systems. He encourages people working or going outdoors to wear masks especially in smoggy conditions. Unlike SARS the patient can be quarantined and treated to prevent it from spreading, but no one can escape air pollution which can also happen indoors.