Fresno, California 2021-09-25 02:19:32 –
This week, the air quality was so poor and unhealthy that the Clovis Unified School District canceled an elementary school sporting event on Friday.
Clovis, a high school in all other regions, and Fresno State University continued their regular exercise schedule.
Action News spoke with Dr. Prabean Buddiga about his health concerns. He is an allergy and immunology expert and states that his office has seen an increasing number of patients complaining of dyspnea over the past few weeks.
“This week we saw a significant increase based on the poor air quality of the fire,” said Budiga.
He added that athletes are particularly at risk.
“They are inhaling particulate matter, the very small particles of fire ash and the debris of wood particles,” Buddiga said.
Russ Richardson of American Ambulance says the air quality isn’t as bad as it used to be in terms of emergency medical services.
“The demand for air quality-based services hasn’t increased, but it may be due to the large number of COVID and pandemic-related medical needs,” Richardson said.
American paramedics are in the field of high school athletics in most Fresno regions.
According to Richardson, very poor air quality usually increases the number of cases of shortness of breath. But he said he didn’t notice that Friday.
“In my history, it was worse during last year’s creek fire, so today isn’t as bad as I’ve seen in the past,” he said.
Dr. Budiga advises that whenever the air quality is very poor and it smells in the air, it is best to just be inside.
He also had some helpful tips:
- Store a HEPA air purifier in your home, especially in your child’s bedroom.
- Taking a shower the night before bed will wash away any ash or harmful particles you pick up.
- Keep the windows closed at night.
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