A map of Washington shows the area was due for another day of thick fog and poor quality of air. Reports claimed that the fog and pollution were so bad that it may be even worse than Beijing.
Recent fire incidences in the surrounding area have contributed to the decline of the air quality of the region, brought about by thicker smokes. Places like Chelan have been hit so bad that the air quality has been classified hazardous.
The general Puget Sound vicinity, on the other hand, has been deemed unhealthy. What this means is that the number of people who have been experiencing breathing problems or worsening symptoms of existing respiratory and cardiovascular diseases has increased more than the average. Outdoor activities have already been limited as well, discouraging citizens to exercise outdoors, and stay indoors as much as possible.
They are emphasizing that this precautionary measure must be observed by all, but most especially those who may be more at risk such as people with existing respiratory illnesses, diabetes, young children, pregnant women, the elderly, and stroke survivors. Experts explain that while everyone is at risk when the air quality is poor, these people may suffer more severely, or may be more likely to be affected adversely.
The condition is not limited to Washington alone either. Across the North America skyline, the haze and thick smoke may also travel as the wind blows in different directions. With more than a million and a half acres burning across fifteen states, experts expect the North America skyline to be affected albeit indirectly. Calgary is also affected due to the wildfires in the British Columbia.
With the conditions only mitigated and remaining uncontrollable, experts can only advise residents on how to protect themselves and their families. Aside from avoiding going outside as much as possible, the Washington Department of Health has advised using air conditioning units to recirculate air indoors, and to close the fresh-air intake. This minimizes the chances of bringing dirty air indoors. They have also discouraged citizens from contributing to indoor pollution brought about by vacuuming and smoking cigarettes. These activities need proper ventilation and reduce the breathable air that could be used by families instead.