COVID, flu, pollution: Steps to protect your lungs from viruses and air pollutants

Be it COVID, flu or cold, almost all respiratory infections cause lung distress.

When it comes to COVID-19, some of the most common ailments include mild fever, cough, sore throat, headache, fatigue, body aches and pain and more. People with flu infection or a common cold may also experience the same symptoms. While the severity may vary, the health challenges often remain the same.

If you’re particularly suffering from nasal congestion, cough and throat irritation, apart from cold, COVID or flu, it can also be due to the pollution. Major cities in India are currently struggling with declining air quality. This has resulted in wheezing, difficulty breathing, irritation and inflammation of the respiratory tract, shortness of breath and eye irritation.

Also read: The temperature in your nose is why you get more colds and flu in winters: Study