•   
  •   
  •   

US 'Like smoking multiple packs a day': Hazardous air quality worries West Coast parents

13:41  20 september  2020
13:41  20 september  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

Patriots-Seahawks 'Sunday Night Football' game in jeopardy?

  Patriots-Seahawks 'Sunday Night Football' game in jeopardy? Under the NFL’s guidelines, the league would relocate any game if the air quality index in the city it’s being played exceeds 200 AQI. As of Friday morning, per the EPA, Seattle’s AQI stands at 163.As we saw in Week 1, massive fires along the West Coast have resulted in cities like San Francisco, Portland and Seattle having some of the worst air quality in the world. The NFL monitored the troubling health conditions this past week, before allowing teams to play in California.

and longer, which increasingly results in hazardous air blanketing the West Coast , what's the risk for young Should parents be concerned, they ask — and if their kid already has breathing problems the Air Quality Index to smoking cigarettes, it’s basically like you’re smoking multiple packs a day

Four packs is 80-100 cigarettes a day , which is like 5 every every hour. How is that even possible? Seriously, there are so few places you can smoke legally outside of your I was the exact opposite. My parents smoking is what caused me to despise cigarettes. Even the BO of smokers is annoying.

Clarissa Carson cradled her baby girl in her arms and felt her heart drop. The ICU nurse looked out her front window, barely making out trees across the street. Dense, choking smoke — the result of nearby wildfires — had settled in her hometown of Medford, Oregon, a city of 82,000 located 27 miles north of the California border.

It was 2017, and Carson badly wanted to take her daughter, who had just started crawling, outside to their yard, to let her feel a ray of sunshine on her face, let the grass tickle her knees. She knew sensory input was critical to her development. This was the summer Carson's blue-eyed baby girl started balling up her fists and shaking her hands when she got excited, drool spilling onto her chubby cheeks.

Yosemite National Park closes due to hazardous air quality from the wildfires

  Yosemite National Park closes due to hazardous air quality from the wildfires The beauty of Yosemite National Park in California can't escape the effects of the wildfires. © Brian van der Brug/LA Times/Getty Images YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Thick smoke shrouds Yosemite Valley in a view from Swinging Bridge on on the Merced River Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 in Yosemite National Park, CA. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) The park is closing to all visitors due to wildfire smoke and the hazardous air quality, the National Park Service announced Thursday.

' Like smoking multiple packs a day ': Hazardous air quality worries West Coast parents . UK weather forecast: Heatwave continues as Britain braces for Storm Aiden to strike. Flight attendant shares worrying reality of leaving tray tables down during take-off.

As we continue to have hazardous air quality from the wildfires, what kind of long-term effects will "Probably just where we are is like smoking somewhere between 10 to 30 cigarettes a day Khan says he's noticed the duration of wildfires and smoke has increased over time on the West Coast .

a group of people riding on the back of a car: Members of a family whose house burned down in the Almeda fire near Medford, Oregon, carry donated goods into the home where they are staying. © Trevor Hughes, Trevor Hughes-USA TODAY NETWORK Members of a family whose house burned down in the Almeda fire near Medford, Oregon, carry donated goods into the home where they are staying.

Carson knew if they went outside, she’d get that reaction. But she also knew that with the hazardous air quality, it wasn’t a good idea. Earlier this week, Carson’s daughter had a meltdown — “I just wanna swing! I wanna swing high!” she bawled — when Carson wouldn’t let her go outside.

Start the day smarter. Get all the news you need in your inbox each morning.

Three years later, the problems persist. As climate change evolves and fire season burns hotter and longer, the West Coast is increasingly blanketed in dangerous air for long stretches. In Oregon, the Air Quality Index has regularly registered over 500 in much of the state over the past 10 days (healthy air quality is from 0-50; anything above 301 is considered hazardous).

Kate Middleton meets with parents in a London park

  Kate Middleton meets with parents in a London park Kate Middleton, 38, appeared relaxed as she recycled her pink £29.50 M&S trousers to meet with parents helped by peer support networks during the Covid-19 pandemic in a London park.The Duchess of Cambridge, 38, lived at her Norfolk home of Anmer Hall during lockdown but is now back in London, at Kensington Palace with Prince William, 38, and their children Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two.

Residents of Australia’s capital are told to stay indoors and brace for more smog in the coming days .

Air quality plummeted to " hazardous " levels in Sydney's north- west early on Tuesday morning, with fine particles in some suburbs rising above 500 on the air quality index. Air quality index shows hazardous readings for visibility and particle pollution in Sydney on Tuesday morning. Credit:NSW DPI.

Battling wildfires year-round is now the norm. How did we get here?

Extremely unhealthy air isn’t unique to Oregon. Smoke has hung over the Bay Area in California and parts of Los Angeles County for most of the past month, and Washington state is dealing with similar problems.

County and state officials everywhere have repeatedly urged residents to stay inside to avoid the smoke as much as possible. But no one is completely safe from inhalation of hazardous particles, leaving Carson and other parents to wonder about the risk for young children with still-developing lungs and respiratory systems.

Should parents be concerned, they ask — and if their kid already has breathing problems, should they be thinking of leaving permanently?

“Do my kids have asthma? Not yet,” said Zach Kuhlow, 42, an ER nurse who has a 13-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son. “They’re healthy right now, at their baseline, but I worry about their cardio pulmonary health. Staying here, I feel like I’m just setting them up for failure.”

Rains are expected in Oregon this weekend, which will help clear out much of the bad air. But fire season on the West Coast is likely to stretch into late fall, which means this is merely the beginning terrible air.

The Kuhlows lost their home in the Alameda fire that destroyed the small towns of Talent and Phoenix just outside of Medford. Currently cooped up at a hotel, Kuhlow is all but decided that it’s time for the family to leave the Pacific Northwest. Originally from Florida, he’s heard from friends that Asheville, North Carolina, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is a great place to raise a family.

Climate change poses a growing threat to hundreds of hazardous waste Superfund sites

  Climate change poses a growing threat to hundreds of hazardous waste Superfund sites Hurricanes, floods and wildfires imperil hundreds of toxic sites. But the Trump administration won't talk about the rising risks.BARRETT, Texas — Fred Barrett thought he’d wait out Hurricane Harvey at his home in this town outside Houston, founded by his great-grandfather in 1889. He prepared for heavy rain, wind and flooding.

Smoke from Australia's bushfires blanketed Sydney on Tuesday, creating unhealthy air quality conditions for locals -- which measured 11 times the " hazardous " level in some parts of the city.

When parents post #wineoclock memes on Facebook, no one bats an eye. So why is there still a huge stigma around moms and dads who use marijuana? With recreational use soon to be legal in Canada, pot- smoking parents —and there are already a lot of them—might be ready to come out of the closet.

“I’m putting my foot down,” he said. “We can’t stay here. We have such a great community, and it’s gonna be hard to leave but … if you equate the Air Quality Index to smoking cigarettes, it’s basically like you’re smoking multiple packs a day if you go outside.”

Air quality studies not common

Children inhaling polluted air in any form isn’t ideal, said Dr. Holger Link, a pulmonology pediatrics expert at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland. But studies related to air pollution from fires, both wildland and urban, are almost non-existent for a variety of reasons.

“The truth is, we don’t know the long-term effects,” Link said. “This is all quite new, the extent and severity of the pollution due to wildfires. … We need to invest in public health and really study these things to understand what it means for our children.”

Studying children’s lung functions can be tricky, Link said. First, it’s important to remember that smoke exposure is different when you’re talking about a wildland fire (where mostly vegetation is burning) vs. an urban fire (where toxic building materials often burn). That results in “very different things, different particles, in your lungs, which makes it hard to know the specific effects,” Link said.

Second, it’s nearly impossible to test children under 6 for lung function, because the test calls for patients to take a deep breath then blow out out as hard as they can for as long as they can, typically 5-6 seconds. They repeat the process three times. But that’s a technically challenging test requiring comprehension and coordination — not to mention an attention span — that’s tough for any child under 6.

Masks Are Coveted Items With Covid and Smoke Sweeping West Coast

  Masks Are Coveted Items With Covid and Smoke Sweeping West Coast Lindsey Major, wracked with asthma, crisscrossed Seattle in search of an N95 mask as wildfire smoke blanketed the West Coast. The 25-year-old from Mercer Island scoured stores. Pharmacies, big-box outlets, grocers -- none had anything to offer. At work, a door was inadvertently left open overnight, saturating the environment with dirty air. Her employer, a local television news operation, had only one mask to spare, and it didn’t fit.“You can breathe, but it’s like something weighing on your chest,” said Major. “My lungs felt like they were full of wet bands.

Quitting smoking can be very daunting, but some of the benefits come much faster than anticipated. In fact, health benefits begin to take effect just one hour The sooner a smoker quits, the faster they will reduce their risk of cancer, heart and lung disease, and other conditions related to smoking . Timeline.

Multiple -choice reading comprehension quiz to test your understanding of Pollution, one of a series of EnglishClub reading practice texts on environmental and health issues. For ESL learners and teachers.

Carson, the ICU nurse, agrees.

“I’m just now starting to get her to reliably blow her nose, to understand that you blow out,” Carson said. “There’s no way she could do a pulmonary function test.”

Other options involve chest X-rays and heat scans, but doctors try to limit young children’s exposure to radiation whenever possible. Plus, no matter the method used, it’s hard to keep track of a large group of people if you want to study their health for 5-10 years.

“It’s clear we all agree clean air is good, there’s no question about that,” Link said. “And air pollution does and can have a negative effect … the concern is about the cumulative effect on young health.”

'Everything's gone': Many neighborhoods destroyed as fire, smoke devastate Oregon families, workers and homeless

Link said humans’ lungs have “significant reserves” built into them; they’re pretty tough. Lung function naturally declines with old age and eventually most people hit a wall. With kids who are annually inhaling hazardous smoke, “the question comes down to when you hit that wall,” Link said. “Is it when you’re 60 or when you’re 30?”

'Our bodies can only take so much'

Staying inside and away from bad air seems like a no-brainer when the air quality is so bad it doesn’t even register on the agreed upon scale (though the AQI technically goes up to only 500, parts of Oregon registered into the 800s in the first days of the fires).

Your backyard doesn’t have to be burning to feel the impact, either.

a close up of a stone building: The Almeda fire left charred vehicles inside an auto-repair shop outside Medford, Ore. © Trevor Hughes, Trevor Hughes-USA TODAY NETWORK The Almeda fire left charred vehicles inside an auto-repair shop outside Medford, Ore.

Jenna Friedenberg grew up surrounded by smog in Los Angeles County's San Fernando Valley, a fact that “disturbed my parents, they felt so guilty about it.” She remembers driving to middle school and thinking that if a huge vacuum could come suck up all the gross, gray air that hung over the city, it would make everything better.

Delonte West still not accepting help after latest troubling photo surfaces

  Delonte West still not accepting help after latest troubling photo surfaces Delonte West has been struggling with mental health and other issues since he last played in the NBA years ago, and unfortunately it does not look like his situation has improved. © Photo by Michael Mulvey for The Washington Post via Getty Images Delonte West continues to battle mental health issues and other problems. A new photo surfaced on social media this week that appears to show West along the side of a roadway holding a sign asking for money. Apparently there have been people who have tried to help West, but he won’t accept.

Now, her kids —  Emmett, age 7 and Rosemary, age 4 — are living with the same reality in Eagle Rock in northeast LA.

“I grew up with wildfires and never felt particularly bothered, but our bodies can only take so much before there’s damage, right?” said Friedenberg, 42. Her husband has severe enough asthma that he takes daily medication to ward off attacks, and Emmett has spells that require his own inhaler. Since smoke started rolling through Southern California, Friedenberg has noticed Emmett getting bleary eyed and “rubbing his nose so much he’s trying to rub it off his face.”

“The idea of them developing worse ailments later on, because we chose for them to grow up in this environment? That’s quite a burden,” Friedenberg said.

Wildfire survival: Oregon man survives wildfires by sheltering on river, fending off embers with plastic chair

Last week, when smoke crept into their house, they fled to a rental in Joshua Tree in search of blue skies. Friedenberg recognizes her family is extremely privileged, that for many people, leaving isn’t an option. The air is getting so bad she’s wondering if they should leave for good.

“You know, Omaha is a very pleasant city. If we all moved there it could be nice. Or Duluth, that could be a lot of fun,” she said wryly. She turned serious again, and let out a sigh of frustration. “All of this stuff, COVID, the fires, everything, it’s only illuminating the horrible inequities in our system. The fact that we could go online and set up an Airbnb to escape, so many people can’t do that.”

In Oregon, the city of Phoenix (population: 4,600) is home to a large Latino community. Jonathan Chavez Baez, 35, is the assistant director for Latino programs at Southern Oregon University in Medford, working with about 3,000 area Latinos. He knows for many residents in that community who work in agriculture, there’s no break.

“We have so many families — parents, aunts and uncles, high schoolers — who are working the in the field every day, trying to make ends meet and they go to work rain, shine or smoke,” Chavez Baez said. There’s no guarantee that their homes have sophisticated filtration systems to keep out bad air anyway. Many of those families can’t afford day care, either, which means young kids are left in the care of older kids. It's hard to know how much older siblings are paying attention to hazardous air readings.

Delonte West still not accepting help after latest troubling photo surfaces

  Delonte West still not accepting help after latest troubling photo surfaces Antonio Cromartie discusses Tom Brady & the Buccaneers

Too often in disaster situations, Chavez Baez said, when information sharing is crucial, “we are stuck with one set of strategies that we know work for people who have means, but we don’t stop to think about others.” It’s naive to assume every family has a television tuned to the news 24/7, or access to a smartphone with high speed internet.

“At the end of the day, you have to understand that some people don’t have the choice, means, opportunity or access to housing that you do,” he said.

Linda Castillo, the chair of Oregon’s Commission on Hispanic Affairs and the equity director for the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization in Portland, worries about compounding issues in marginalized communities.

“This air is wreaking havoc on your body, even if you can’t see it,” she said, “and we already know that communities of color have higher rates of asthma.”

In Los Angeles, Friedenberg thinks a lot about a conversation she had before the pandemic forced everyone to stay home. Walking to school one morning with six other families, another mom asked Friedenberg if either of her children had asthma. Emmett does, Friedenberg said.

“Wow,” the other mom remarked. “Every single one of us has a kid with asthma. Weird coincidence.”

Is it though? Friedenberg wondered. Or is it the result of long-term exposure to terrible air quality, which will only become more common as the west continues to burn?

Graphics by Karl Gelles

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 'Like smoking multiple packs a day': Hazardous air quality worries West Coast parents


Video: How To Tell The Difference Between Coronavirus And Wildfire Smoke Coughing (CBS Denver)

Adam Gase disagrees with Jets players about quality of practices .
Considering the Jets' 0-2 start, it wouldn't be a surprise if their practices haven't been as crisp as they could be.Multiple Jets players spoke publicly about how they felt the practices had been lacking, and that it contributed to Gang Green's 0-2 start. Safety Bradley McDougald told SNY some of the practices had been “slow.” Linebacker Avery Williamson agreed, telling WFAN that they “haven’t been as crisp” as they should be.

usr: 1
This is interesting!