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The Earth has been hit by a magnetic storm, possible deterioration of health: how long will last

Anna PaskevychSociety
Even weak magnetosphere activity can affect health

The magnetic storm hit the Earth on January 8 and continues on January 9. It has a K-index of 4 and is classified as moderate - this level of geomagnetic activity can negatively affect health.

The next magnetospheric fluctuations are expected on January 28-30. Read the OBOZ.UA article on how to improve your health during a magnetic storm.

Magnetic storm on January 8-9

According to the Meteoagent portal, the strength of the magnetic storm on January 8-9 is estimated at K-index 4 (average ). On Wednesday, January 10, the geomagnetic background returned to normal.

The Earth has been hit by a magnetic storm, possible deterioration of health: how long will last

The next minor magnetic field fluctuations are possible on January 29, 29 and 30. According to experts, this storm will be weak with a K-index of 3.

The Earth has been hit by a magnetic storm, possible deterioration of health: how long will last

Magnetic storms are categorized by strength: from a K-index of 2 to 9. The higher the score, the greater the impact on people and equipment.

How to reduce the impact of a magnetic storm

It is known that even weak magnetosphere activity can cause a deterioration in health, in particular in meteorologically sensitive people, pregnant women, and people with chronic diseases.

During magnetic storms, it is especially important to follow the basic principles of a healthy lifestyle. In particular, you need to go to bed on time and take care of the quality of your diet.

It is advisable to reduce the amount of fatty, spicy, salty foods, as well as sweets, coffee, and alcohol in your diet. It is also better to stop smoking and avoid excessive physical activity. Instead, walks in the fresh air will be beneficial.

It is also important to drink enough water and have the necessary medications on hand.

As reported by OBOZ.UA, following the most powerful solar flare in six years, which occurred on December 14, scientists expect new outbreaks. The Sun is heading towards its maximum, which it will reach around July 2025, so even more intense flares and coronal mass ejections are possible.

In January 2024, experts predicted six magnetic storms. Two of them occurred at the beginning of the month.

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