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Yellow dust blanketed South Korea on Saturday, obscuring Namsan, or Mount Nam, which would normally be visible in the skyline behind these two women.
Yellow dust blanketed South Korea on Saturday, obscuring Namsan, or Mount Nam, which would normally be visible in the skyline behind these two women. (Teri Weaver / S&S)

What is it?

Fine dust particles from 1 to 10 microns in size from the deserts of China, Mongolia and Manchuria.

What does it do?

Decreases visibility, causes and exacerbates respiratory illnesses such as asthma.

When does it happen?

Usually in the spring, but has been extending into the winter.

What can I do during dust storms?

Avoid outdoor activities, especially for the elderly, young children and those with asthma or other airway diseases.Keep windows and doors closed.Remove contact lenses and wear glasses.Brush your teeth and wash your hands, face and eyes with warm water upon returning indoors.Drink plenty of water to keep your tears flowing.Use air filters to keep air cleaner and humidifier to increase humidity levels.Wash dust off all fruits and vegetables before consuming.Wash hands before preparing food.What can I do after the dust storms?

Air out your room/house.Carefully wash exposed objects before using.Courtesy of the 18th Medical Command

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