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Local air quality rated 'unhealthy', experts warn about health effects

Posted at 5:03 PM, Sep 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-16 00:46:09-04

Local health officials say the poor air quality could be negatively affecting people’s health.

Many residents say it’s difficult to breathe in these smoky conditions. Some people may feel the effects worse than others.

Officials say smoke-filled air contains harmful particulate matter that finds its way down into the lungs.

“For most people, you might feel some initial coughing, wheezing but if you do have underlying pulmonary problems you need to take warning,” said Stephen Szabo, director of cardiopulmonary and respiratory services of Tenet Health Central Coast.

Symptoms of pathway irritation can be shortness of breath, lung irritation and a heavy chest, noisy breathing and mucus.