Wildfire smoke increases risk of COVID-19, experts warn

Wildfire smoke increases risk of COVID-19, experts warn

As the world warms, disasters come to a halt. That's happening right now, as health experts warn that exposure to wildfire smoke across North America can increase the chances of catching COVID-19 and worsens the effects for people who already have or are particularly susceptible to the virus.

Increased air pollution from wildfire smoke can increase the susceptibility to COVID and other respiratory diseases, said Kristie Ebi, a climate and health professor at the University of Washington.

PM2.5, a small particles of fire, can get inhaled and stuck in the body, causing irritation and ultimately affecting the immune system. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns on its Wildfire Smoke and COVID 19 webpage that these particles can make you more prone to lung infections, including SARS-CoV 2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

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