How wildfires make COVID more dangerous

by Julia Rosen, The New York Times


Highlights

  • With wildfire season fast approaching, concerns about fire smoke as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic are rising
  • Scientists worry that wildfire smoke will have effects for months as a recent study in Montana showed that smoky summers led to more severe flu seasons the following winter
  • People who contract COVID while also inhaling smoky air from fires could experience more severe effects of the coronavirus
  • Preparing for smoke beforehand will help prevent some respiratory effects:
    • Using new filters in your home or purchase a portable air filter
    • Using N95 respirator masks for smoke instead of cloth masks
    • Take advantage of windy days where the smoke temporarily clears to get some fresh air

Increased air pollution from fires and fossil fuel emissions makes all of us more vulnerable to the current COVID-19 pandemic. For a safe and healthy future for all, endorse the Climate-Safe California Platform to implement scalable solutions that can reverse the climate crisis.


Read More: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/08/climate/wildfires-smoke-covid-coronavirus.html

Nina Turner
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