11street has seen a 400 percent increase in searches for ‘haze-related’ items. Between September 10th and 13th interest in items such as anti haze mask, surgical masks and anti-dust facemasks soared.
The haze has unfortunately returned in Southeast Asia once again. Raging fires to clear forests and make room for oil palm plantations in Sumatra, Indonesia, cause a thick haze that envelops the neighbouring countries of Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore. Although, over the past 15 to 20 years Malaysians have gotten used to the haze becoming an almost annual phenomenon, it still causes discomfort and it affects daily life around the country. There have been times, back in 2005 and 1997, when government even imposed a state of emergency because of the haze.. Schools and offices were closed and people were cautioned to stay indoors and keep windows closed as the air pollution reached dangerous levels.
Over the past couple of days, the haze has once again hit Malaysia hard. A thick grey fog shrouds the sky and the choking smell makes a lot of people uncomfortable. In view of the worsening haze, it comes as no surprise that people are looking at ways to ease their discomfort. Online marketplace has seen an increase of no less than 400 percent in searches for ‘haze-related’ items. Amongst the most searched products are personal care items such as anti-haze masks, surgical masks and anti-dust facemask.
Some of the most popular products people are currently looking for include:
- Facemasks, surgical masks and haze-masks
Though many Malaysians prefer to stay indoors, those of us who have to go to work or have errands to run, better put on an anti-haze mask or surgical mask when going outside. Should the haze reach hazardous levels and enters houses and offices it is advisable to even wear a mask indoor. They can significantly reduce throat irritation, sneezing and coughing. At 11street you can find top grade 3-Ply Disposal Face Mask under the Shocking Deal section for prices as low as RM10.23 with a lowest price guarantee.
- Facemasks for Children
As far as facemasks go, there is no one size fits all. It is important to get a right sized facemask for your children to ensure proper air filtration. Also, educate your children how to wear the mask correctly – it should fully cover nose and mouth – in order for it to help protect their respiratory system.
With the green and white surgical masks, the white side should be facing outward as that sides prevents you from inhaling viruses or in the case of haze small air particles that may affect your airways. To prevent skin irritation, any facemask should be worn with the iron bars on the outside. ²
- Air purifiers
Air conditioners and air purifiers help filter the air. When you are at home or at the office, keeping windows closed and turning on AC-units will help ease discomfort caused by the haze. Air purifiers like the Sharp Plasmacluster Air Purifier FPF30L with haze mode (RM395 at 11street) further help clear the air. Its high density plasma cluster ion technology can quickly removes airborne particles. Not allowing these particles to get into your respiratory system will help avoid symptoms like those caused by asthma, such as breathlessness, wheezing and coughing³. The purifier’s indicator shows the level of impurities in the air so it’s easy to see the progress as it returns cleaner air into the room.
As keeping yourself hydrated is very important in hazy weather, people have also increasingly bought bottled water at 11street. With two dozens of natural drinking water only costing RM9.90 at 11street, a lot of people added this item to their cart while looking for other haze relieving products.
Drinking a lot of water helps keep you healthy. The impurities in the air will cause your body to dehydrate faster so you need to drink more than you usually do. On top of that your body will be more vulnerable to sickness as your immune system might be weaker due to the unhealthy air.
- Eye drops
Eye irritation is another common discomfort caused by the haze partials. Applying tear supplements or eye drop will help protect you against the pollutant’s effects. Because eye drops also help relief dry and burning eyes when exposed to the haze. A lot of Malaysians are searching and finding them on 11street: http://www.11street.my/productdetail/optive-advanced-eye-drop-15-ml-714407
Kim ends, “There is a very obvious reason why a lot of Malaysians are turning to 11street to do their ‘haze shopping’. To avoid exposing ourselves to the polluted air we all want to stay indoors as much as possible. 11street offers easy access to everything you need to keep you and your family comfortable in the haze without having to even leave your house.”