Masks Intended To Protect Californians From Smoke May Do More Harm Than Good
If not fitted properly, the mask can actually increase breathing problems by not releasing carbon dioxide. "Unless you really know what you're doing and have worn these masks before, there are more risks than benefits," said Dr. Peter Beilenson, director of the Department of Health Services in Sacramento. "Over the weekend, [the city] may have jumped the gun a little bit."
Capital Public Radio:
Wildfire Smoke Masks Have ‘More Risks Than Benefits,’ According To Sacramento County Health Officials
Sacramento County's top health official says the risks of wearing a mask to protect against breathing in smoke may outweigh the benefits.City officials may have been premature in handing them out to the public this weekend, the county also said. On Sunday, city of Sacramento officials announced residents could pick up free N95 model masks at fire stations to guard against the smoke settling in the valley from the Camp Fire in Butte County. (Ciaola, 11/13)
The Mercury News:
Schools Limit Outdoor Time, Adopt Other Changes Amid Poor Air Quality
Unhealthy conditions caused by the Camp Fire in Paradise have forced a number of local schools around the Bay Area to move students indoors or cancel outdoor activities this week. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has extended an air quality alert for the Bay Area through Friday, advising the public to avoid outdoor activity as much as possible and to keep windows and doors closed indoors. While most schools remain open, many have made changes under the circumstances. (Sarwari, 11/13)