Authorities in Beijing have issued new guidelines on how the public should deal with the heavy smog choking the capital city, but the suggestions only drew derision from netizens who found them impractical and out of touch with reality.
The guidelines came in the form of 13 questions and answers issued jointly by the Beijing Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning and Beijing Center for Diseases Prevention and Control on Monday, Apple Daily reports.
The authorities explained how smog is formed and what symptoms people may suffer from inhaling too much of the polluted air.
They asked the public to take necessary precautions and advised them against outdoor activities, smoking and frying food at home.
Smoke from home cooking is one of the main sources of smog.
As such, people should refrain from frying and instead prefer steaming or boiling food, the guidelines said, adding that extractor hoods must be turned on while cooking.
Some netizens said the suggestions were like “putting the cart before the horse”.
The government should find ways to ease the impact of smog on Beijing instead of telling people how to prepare food, they said.
Netizens also vented their anger on the Ministry of Environmental Protection, which had said cars are mainly responsible for air pollution in major cities.
Meanwhile, some residents of Nanning in the Guangxi Autonomous Region and Dexing in Jiangxi province reported having seen a pink sky as a result of the heavy air pollution last Friday, Headline Daily reports.
But the environmental authority in Dexing said the phenomenon was not the result of air pollution from local factories but caused by thick clouds which only allow red and orange lights, which have longer wavelengths, to pass through.
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