In the subcontinent, air pollution has affected us rather adversely.
Specifically in Delhi during this time of the year, every day is a bad air day.
The air quality has hit such low levels in our beloved city, that temporary closing of schools and working-from-home are no longer prevention mechanisms, but a necessity.
If you're curious, here are six cities with the cleanest air.
First, though, let's look at the most polluted cities, globally
According to a recent report by AirVisual.com, all the ten most polluted cities around the world are in Asia, and include as many as three Chinese cities.
Indian capital, Delhi emerged as the most polluted city with an AQI of 521, followed by Lahore (193 AQI), Hanoi (182 AQI), Hangzhou (167 AQI), Kathmandu (156 AQI), Karachi, Beijing, Jakarta, Chengdu, and Mumbai.
Cleanest cities: Hamburg (Germany) and Halifax (Canada)
Hamburg: One of the first cities to place a ban on old diesel engines, Hamburg, a major port city in Germany takes its air quality index seriously.
Halifax: Home to many notable universities and fishing ports, Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia in Canada is a beautiful city that has implemented several measures to promote better air quality, and use alternate energy methods, effectively.
Zurich (Switzerland) and Adelaide (Australia)
Zurich: Boasting of an unbeatable reputation for its high quality of life, Zurich, the largest city in Switzerland also has remarkably clean air to offer.
Adelaide: Considered as one of the best cities to reside, not only in Australia, but the whole world, Adelaide has an year-round pleasant weather and fresh, clean air.
Helsinki (Finland) and Wellington (New Zealand)
Helsinki: The capital city of Finland, Helsinki is often placed high on livability rankings, owing to its commitment to clean air and environment.
Wellington: Ranked as one of the cleanest capital cities around the world, the New Zealand capital, Wellington is the place to go if you want a breath of fresh air.
Other cleanest cities include Reykjavik (Iceland), Honolulu (US), and Calgary (Canada).
Back home, follow these tips to stay safe from pollution
If you're not in a mood for travel, or can't afford relocating out of the country, follow these tips to stay safe from pollution:
1) Stay indoors as much as possible.
2) Install a good-quality air purifier at your home.
3) Use a respiratory mask every time you head out.