Haze—such as the one brought about by Indonesia's forest fires last month—may aggravate lung disease, cause asthma attacks, acute bronchitis, and may also increase susceptibility to respiratory infections. In an interview with CNN Philippines, Regional Secretary for DOH-ARMM Dr. Kadil Sinolindng Jr. said: "Don't underestimate the ill effects of haze. It's worsening the already compromised quality of air that we breathe imposing health risks to everybody."
In response to the haze threat, the Department of Health (DOH) has issued an advisory telling us what to do in order to protect ourselves. Read it here:
Even if there is currently no haze from Indonesia, we encounter heavy air pollution every day. The tips above could also help you deal with that, so keep them in mind!