Weather index will link to illnesses
Hebei province will link weather forecasts with health risks to inform people who are sensitive to changes in the weather so that they can take precautionary measures, authorities said.
“We are doing research into the influence of meteorological conditions on diseases and are setting up a database of information on diseases that can be more easily caused due to weather changes,” said Zhang Zhongjie, head of a service center at Hebei Provincial Meteorological Bureau.
The index will list the possibility of weather conditions causing various illnesses such as respiratory diseases or skin allergies.
According to Zhang, Hebei has been studying the influence of air pollution on public health since last year. “People are starting to pay attention to the weather and air, because air pollution in recent years has greatly affected their lives,” he added.