Children, older adults, pregnant women and people with heart and lung disease are especially sensitive to wildfire smoke.
So as winter approaches, rather than rushing out to your doctors at the first sign of a sniffle, try and ride it out.
Simple dust or surgical masks do not offer adequate protection. Health officials recommend “N95” respirators or “P100” masks.
The course of asthma varies from one child to the next. Symptoms may begin at any age, may persist or stop, and then may recur many years later.
Given asthma is about five times more common in Western societies, this suggests lifestyle plays a major role.
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.
Smoke levels are now mostly UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS across the Puget Sound region – Puget Sound Clean Air Agency
Children, older people and those with respiratory illnesses such as asthma and COPD are particularly at risk of smoke-related health problems.
Due to summer wildfires, children living on the West Coast have been breathing some of the most polluted air on record.