As fire is spreading rapidly in California and other western parts of the United States, many medical professionals are warning of unhealthy air quality from wildfires, making people more vulnerable to Kovid-19 and worsening current infections Can.
“Several studies have shown a relationship between high levels of air pollution and greater prevalence and severity of Kovid-19 cases,” said Dr. Brad Spellberg, chief medical officer of Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. “Some studies have also shown that exposure of lung tissue to pollution may increase susceptibility to viral infections.”
Spellberg said air pollution and high amounts of smoke particles in the air could also predispose people to receiving and more susceptible to more severe Kovid-19 disease.
Infectious disease specialist and vice president of medical affairs at Cedar-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, Drs. Rekha Murthy said that the smoke emanating from the wildfire can irritate the lungs and create inflammation that can affect the immune system. This inflammation can make people more likely to experience lung infections, including viruses such as Kovid-19.
“Whenever the lining of the lungs or airways swells or becomes damaged, it increases the chance of viral respiratory particles catching up in the lungs and causing infection,” Murthy said.
CNN Medical Analyst and ER Physician Drs. Lina Wayne also agreed that air pollution increases the likelihood of respiratory diseases – and those diseases may cause more vulnerable effects to populations vulnerable to Kovid-19. Wayne said there are also legitimate short-term concerns that the smoke-filled air will drive more coronavirus-positive people indoors, possibly leading to an increase in the spread of the virus as well.
“There’s a catch-22 because we know that the rate of broadcasting indoors versus indoors decreases from 18 to 19 times, but now people are being told that you have to go indoors because you’re in the air Not wanting to breathe can cause other respiratory issues, ”said Wayne. “But you don’t want to stay indoors with other individuals and have a high rate of contracting the Kovid-19 … so, it’s really a catch-22.”
To prevent the possible spread of Kovid-19 during an epidemic during an unprecedented overlap of an intense fire season, Wayne advises that individuals who live indoors due to poor air quality should also be contacted by such people Those who are not in their immediate home should stay away.
The statue of the Cedars-Sinai Hospital also suggests the best way to protect yourself and others against Kovid-19 during wildfire season, by looking for clean air spaces and limiting outdoor exercise in any of the fumes. Potential risk has to be minimized.
“Putting a fire in the forest where people are not able to disperse and spend time outdoors easily,” Murthy said. “It is even more important now to remind everyone not to drop their guard and maintain physical disturbances, wear masks and practice hand cleaning.”