Airways most important to protect during dust storm

ODESSA -- A video of oil field workers in Pecos, struggling to stay upright in the violent winds earlier this week, went viral and has been shared all over the country.

In the video, you can see the wind blowing so hard, the men have to reach for each others arms to stay balanced.

This begs the question: if you don't have the luxury of staying holed up inside and waiting for the winds to die down, what is the most important thing to do?

"You've got to protect your airways," Levi Stone said. Stone is the Chief Nursing Officer at Odessa Regional Medical Center. He said strong winds blowing sand and dirt can make it hard to breathe.

"The dust and allergens that are created from high gusting winds can invade your lungs and tax your immune system. If you're asthmatic or have respiratory problems, it can tax it even more," he explained.

If you must be outside, Stone said there are ways to minimize the amount of dust and sand you inhale.

"Wear scarves, wear approved masks, even basic masks to prevent inhalants from getting into your lungs," he said.

And don't forget to protect your eyes as well.