Toxic Substances from Wildfires Increase Risk of COVID-19, Experts Say

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  • Medical experts are warning that unhealthy air quality from widlfires can increase people's risk of COVID-19 and severe disease
  • Citing several studies done in the US, Italy, and China, medical experts say higher amounts of air pollutants seen in wildfires can make people more susceptible to COVID-19
  • Dr. Rekha Murthy, infectious disease expert at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, said the pollutants can cause inflammation in the lungs, which can increase the likelihood of an infection in the lungs
  • Murthy advised that people reduce their exposure to smoke and stay in environments with clean air
  • This comes as rapidly spreading widlfires have engulfed many parts of California and other western parts of the country