Air pollution is not only a major concern for expats living in Vietnam, locals are also starting to see the difference in the air quality as well and it has gained more media attention. Saigon expats have been experiencing poor quality air for many years, but most expats felt relatively secure from this problem, and it has only been in the last year we have heard the terms AQI, PM2.5 and PM10 more frequently. A recent article in one of the Vietnam news papers takes a look at the central government’s steps to tackle air pollution in Vietnam in 2018: vietnamnet.vn
Air Quality is a hot topic among expats
There doesn’t seem to be a day that goes past without a doom and gloom story about air quality in Ho Chi Minh City. Air quality has been a topic of conversation in the expat community recently and this time of the year, we can see the quality of air in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi reaching dangerous levels.
A recent Yale initiative put Vietnam’s air quality in the top 10 worst countries in the world. This measured outdoor and indoor air pollution. Although you can purchase hand held AQI (Air Quality Indicator) monitors, we have also built in an AQI indicator into our welcome page, which is updated each day – www.saigonexpatservices.com
This is a great way of keeping track of the pollution levels in Ho Chi Minh City. These figures are taken at the Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City US embassies and the observatory on Le Duan Street in Danang. The AQI indicator tells you how clean or polluted the air is. As you can see from the table below, the figures range from 0-500 with 0 being the safest level.
Will we see any improvements soon?
Unfortunately, HCMC and Hanoi have seen air pollution levels exceeding 200 recently so it’s important to keep a close eye on the index and if you see the levels increasing, please try to limit your time spent outdoors, particularly children.
Whilst it looks like there won’t be any improvements soon to the air pollution levels in Ho Chi Minh City, making some changes at home can make a difference to you and your families health.
Apart from the usual cleaning and removing dust, buying the right air purifier can dramatically improve the air quality in your home, providing a safer environment for your family. Air purifiers range from a million Vietnamese dong, up to a few thousand dollars for an IQ air filter system. UMA, Lazada and Nguyen Kim are popular places to purchase them.
You really do get what you pay for. Some air filters don’t remove the smaller particles so its important to do some research before buying.