These lovely little fellows represent PM2.5 particles amplified 1,000 times under a microscope.
PM2.5 is the main component of smog. These specific particles were captured by photographer Zhang Chao, but if you’re reading this from China right now, similar looking species are probably lodging themselves into your lung cavities as we speak.
A recent study revealed that Beijing’s smog has more than a thousand different kinds of bacteria, fungus, and other such gunk seeping into our respiratory systems.
A yellow alert for smog has been issued in Beijing since Monday. Yesterday, the Air Quality Index (AQI) in the capital hovered around 400 (considered hazardous) and as of writing, it’s at 165 (unhealthy). Shanghai’s current AQI rests at a modest 90.
Drink the smog particles. Become one with the smog particles. They’re not going anywhere for a while.
[Images via CCTVNews]