Effects of the magnetic storms on humans

Experts at the Solar Astronomy Laboratory of the Space Research Institute and the Institute of Terrestrial Heliophysics of the Russian Academy of Sciences delve into the effects of the magnetic storm that hit the Earth today at peak times 6:00 am and at 12:00 noon.

According to experts at other times it will be weak from the G1 level (the highest level is G5). However, it can affect the health condition of people who are sensitive to weather changes, according to Al Arabiya.net.

Magnetic storms are among the complex astronomical phenomena that arouse the curiosity of many, prompting many to ask about the causes and nature of their occurrence, in addition to their types and impact on human health and technology, how to protect ourselves from them, and ways to predict their occurrence.

One of the most common causes of magnetic storms is solar flares on the surface of the Sun, which release large amounts of energy and charged particles.

The second reason is known as “coronal emission,” which are emissions from the solar corona or more precisely, from regions with low temperatures, releasing huge amounts of materials, magnetic fields, and electromagnetic radiation into space above the surface of the sun, where plasma consisting of protons is released and electrons, which leads to disturbances in the magnetic field, which affects the planet Earth.

As for the impact of these storms on human health, a Russian expert warned against magnetic storms that occur at long intervals, stressing that they could cause major health problems.

Internal medicine physician Savinich Aliyeva added, according to what was reported by Russian media, that “it is possible that symptoms such as insomnia, headache, dizziness, irregular heartbeat, and joint pain may appear during a magnetic storm.”

She added that people react differently to this phenomenon, as some suffer from drowsiness, others suffer from psychological and emotional disturbances, and may suffer from panic.

She said that when these disorders occur, you should drink more pure water, taking into account the sleep and rest regime. In addition, it is not recommended to eat a lot of salty foods, as they confuse the nervous system.

Doctors advise taking painkillers and tranquilizers and getting some sleep. To avoid this condition in the future, it is recommended to reduce physical activity, take tranquilizers, and stay away from annoying things.

As for those who are most affected by the results of magnetic storms, they are people who suffer from problems in the heart and blood vessels, due to the effect of these storms on the functioning of the circulatory system. They often end up in the hospital due to myocardial infarction, damage to blood vessels in the brain, severe pain in the heart, and insufficiency.

The most powerful magnetic storm in history occurred in 1859, on September 1 and 2, and was known as the Carrington Event, causing a polar aurora.

The reason for the name goes back to the British astronomer Richard Carrington, who was interested in observing the sun, and in 1859, while observing the sun with special telescope, Carrington saw a white flash from a sunspot.

The intensity of the storm reached 1,022 kilojoules of energy, sending a billion kilograms of charged electronic particles flying at a speed of 3,000 kilometers per second.

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