Face masks are an affordable answer.
Single-use and disposable face masks and anti-viral masks are available today for less than Rs 100. But as more people need to be outdoors, face masks have matured -- some are fashion statements; others come with motors that force filtered air into your nose.
Nirvana Being markets a wide range of designer (by Manish Arora) VogMask, reusable face masks that will appeal to the fashion-conscious. They come with a type N99 filter, active carbon filter, and an exhale valve for easy breathing. (Rs 2,200, Rs 2,500).
Purelogic Labs India has launched India’s first motorised air mask, Prana Air Motion Mask. The motor fitted into the mask produces up to 2 litres/sec of air and creates the right pressure to keep your airways always open. It has 3-speed settings for walking, jogging or running. The filter stops particles ranging from PM1 to PM 2.5. The rechargeable battery is good for 6 hours. (Rs 3,490)