Peak wildfire season is in full swing in Washington

Wildfire smoke can be especially harmful to children and the elderly, and some people are becoming sick even if they don’t live nearby. The Washington Post reports: While experts say that not everyone who…

Peak wildfire season is in full swing in Washington

Wildfire smoke can be especially harmful to children and the elderly, and some people are becoming sick even if they don’t live nearby. The Washington Post reports:

While experts say that not everyone who inhales wildfire smoke will become ill, they say it can aggravate breathing problems and trigger asthma attacks, and that pregnant women and young children are most at risk. “I would strongly recommend you stay indoors for at least two days,” [Elise] Barbier-Mueller said.

“My daughter, my year 1 student in seventh grade, had chest pains,” Sue Anderson, a nurse practitioner, told The Post. “We knew her lungs were compromised,” she said, but said she had never seen an asthma attack like the one her daughter suffered.

In 2016, reports showed that children had reported significant allergies or asthma as a result of wildfires burning in Minnesota and Vermont, among other states.

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