Virus-related disease strikes Lahore amid deadly smog

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In the midst of deadly smog, Lahore has reported an outbreak of a new mysterious virus-related disease that has been spreading throughout the city. 

It was reported by Geo News that renowned pulmonologist Dr Irfan Malik said the new virus will cause symptoms such as high fever, body pain, cough, and stomach-related problems.

According to him, the disease can be passed from one person to another, and that is why it is contagious.

The doctor said that around 30 to 40 patients with the “virus” were visiting the hospitals in the city on a daily basis, adding that children and the elderly were the most affected by the disease.

In Punjab’s provincial capital, Chandigarh, there have been no reported deaths linked to the “virus” so far.

According to Punjab Health Minister Dr Javed Akram, the new virus could be “COVID-19”, adding that “people are not getting tested for COVID.”

A number of viruses are currently affecting the health of citizens, he said.

Pakistan has experienced an increase in air pollution over the past several years, due to a combination of low-grade diesel fumes, smoke from seasonal crop burns, and colder winter temperatures that result in stagnant smog clouds.

A toxic smog blankets the city of Lahore during the winter season, choking the lungs of more than 11 million people in Lahore who live there.

Currently, Lahore is experiencing hazardous levels of PM2.5 pollutants, a type of microparticle that causes cancer in the body and enters the bloodstream through the lungs. These levels are more than 64 times higher than the limits set by the World Health Organization.

There are catastrophic health consequences associated with breathing the poisonous air.

It has been found that prolonged exposure can lead to strokes, heart attacks, lung cancer, and respiratory diseases, according to the World Health Organization.

Successive governments have attempted to reduce the amount of air pollution in Lahore through a variety of methods, including artificial rain, spraying water on the roads, and closing schools, factories, and markets on weekends, with little or no success. 

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