Surgical, N95 or Totobobo: Which mask will protect you from Delhi’s toxic air?

Updated on Nov 07, 2017 05:33 PM IST

The air quality index shot past 400 in many places in Delhi on Tuesday, the second time since Diwali and potentially signalled the start of Capital’s notoriously toxic winter.

Tourists wear masks as they visit the Lotus Temple in New Delhi.(Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo)
Tourists wear masks as they visit the Lotus Temple in New Delhi.(Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo)
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Pollution in many parts of northern India hit a dangerous level and the quality of air in New Delhi was declared as “severe” on Tuesday as the capital experienced a hazy morning.

The Indian Meteorological Department said the haze was fog and not smog, but air quality levels were the worst for the second time in New Delhi since Diwali putting everyone at risk to high levels of particulate matter that settles deep in the lungs.

Masks can help keep out the particles found in the air including dust, dirt, soot and smoke to a large extent.

Here’s how you can choose a mask that suits your needs and budget:

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