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.
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.
Smoke levels are now mostly UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS across the Puget Sound region – Puget Sound Clean Air Agency
Due to summer wildfires, children living on the West Coast have been breathing some of the most polluted air on record.