There are numerous harmful human health effects of climate change expected in our region, some of which we’re already experiencing, writes Jeff Duchin, MD.
Wildfire smoke contains toxic compounds can lead to lung irritation, cancer, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and even death.
During the first two years of a child’s life, lead exposure can affect the brain and result in learning, attention and social/emotional problems.
National Weather Service predicts that the Puget Sound region will see some improvement in air quality today, especially along the coast.
Until we get better air quality, stay indoors with windows closed if you can find somewhere cool, health officials say.
Children, the elderly, and individuals with respiratory illnesses are most at risk of serious health effects.
Officials at the Washington State Department of Health are adding 32 new rivers, lakes, and streams to their list of locations with fish consumption advisories.
Smoke levels are now mostly UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS across the Puget Sound region – Puget Sound Clean Air Agency
Groups at increased risk from extreme heat include older adults, people with chronic medical conditions, children, and those who work or exercise in the heat.
The elderly, the very young and people with certain health conditions are at higher risk for life threatening conditions when the temperatures go up.