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Smog and Pollution: What Do Air Quality Alerts Actually Mean?

6 days ago   |   By Cleveland Clinic

Most people know that air quality alerts can warn you when air pollution levels rise. But you may not know exactly what they mean - or how they can help you protect your health.
Pulmonologist Sumita Khatri, MD , answers our questions on how the Air Quality Index works, what impact poor air quality has on your health and how you can minimize its effects.
Q: What does the Air Quality Index measure?
A: It measures five pollutants regulated by the Clean Air Act :
Ground-level ozone Particulate matter Carbon monoxide Sulfur dioxide Nitrogen dioxide
Human activity, such as manufacturing and...
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