Similar corona-pollen symptoms add to Isloos’ problems

By: News Desk      Published: 02:11 PM, 21 Mar, 2020
Similar corona-pollen symptoms add to Isloos’ problems

The coronavirus pandemic is badly affecting the daily life, as more and more people are deciding to stay at home and taking precautionary measures with a special focus on physical distancing.

One of the natural outcomes is the marked decrease in the number of people using public transport in Islamabad, leaving the transporters in complete distraught.

Empty taxis with the drivers waiting and competing for the passengers is a common feature nowadays.

Similarly, the wagons playing on different routes are facing the same thing.

Islamabad, just like other cities of Pakistan, doesn’t have an integrated transport system, except the one line of Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro, which too is experiencing a reduction in the number of passengers.

Meanwhile, the coronavirus isn’t the only threat which the residents of Islamabad face, as the annual phenomenon of the rise in pollen count also descended upon the federal capital.

Islamabad faces this problem every year during the months of March and April, making the air quality very poor and even hazardous. It results in an alarming rise in the seasonal diseases’ patients, especially those having respiratory problems.

24NewsHD reported that the pollen count increased to 32,582 per cubic meter from 4,000 in Sector H-8.

In this connection, PIMS spokesperson Dr Wasim Khawaja said the symptoms of both coronavirus and pollen were the same, adding that those affected by pollens required extra caution.