“This is the most important event in the last 50 years,” said Pablo Méndez Lázaro, an environmental health specialist with the University of Puerto Rico. “The Conditions are dangerous in many islands of the Caribbean.”
Many health professionals were concerned about those who struggle with respiratory symptoms related to the pandemic virus. Lázaro, who has worked with Nasa to develop a warning system for the arrival of the Sahara, the dust, said the concentration was so high in the last few days that he might even have harmful effects on people in good health.Extremely foggy conditions and limited visibility were reported from Antigua down to Trinidad and Tobago, the event is expected to last until late Tuesday. Some people have posted pictures of themselves on social media wearing double masks to ward off the sars coronavirus and dust, while others joked that the Caribbean seemed that he had received a yellow filter film treatment.
Jose Alamo, a meteorologist at the US National Weather Service in San Juan, Puerto Rico, said the worst days for the U.S. territory would be Monday and Tuesday, while the plume is headed toward the u.s. southeast coast. The main international airport of San Juan was said to be only 8 km (5 miles) of visibility.
The mass of very dry and dusty air is known as the Saharan Air Layer and forms over the Sahara desert. It moves across the North Atlantic, every three to five days in the northern hemisphere from late spring to early autumn, with a peak at the end of June to mid-August, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The layer may be 3 km thick, the agency said.