How prepared are you to survive life in a severely polluted city?

Updated on:27 October 2021, 19:23pm IST

It’s that time of the year again! If you’re part of the unfortunate “rolling with the hazardous AQI” tribe, then take this quiz to find out just how likely are you to survive life in your city.

effects of pollution
Dealing with pollution is no joke. It’s better to be prepared. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

If you live in the National Capital Region, or anywhere in North India really, then congratulations: aapko severely hazardous air quality mubarak ho. While the rest of India sighs a deep breath, knowing that they are far away from the clutches of PM 2.5 and PM 10–you are living amidst a public health emergency. Probably with an air-purifying mask constantly ruining your makeup. 

All jokes apart, each winter the region reports an AQI (air quality index) worse than the time before–and this year is no different. If you’ve been a resident of this part of Bharatvarsh for a while, then we bet you’ve figured out at least a few ways to save yourself from the hazards of this level of air pollution. So, here’s your chance to test your knowledge and figure out just how likely you are to survive life in some of the most polluted cities in the world:


I can’t do anything to reduce the level of toxicity in the air I breathe


Dangerous levels of air pollution can also negatively impact your mental health


Your diet during this time can help you gear up for the pollutants in the air


Exercising outdoors during this time can increase your risk of falling prey to the harmful effects of pollution


Using a handkerchief or a dupatta to cover your nose and mouth is enough protection


Increasing your water intake protect you from the perils of air pollution