You know the air is bad when the weather forecast on your iPhone says — not sun or rain — but “haze” and the background is a murky gray. The lungs of people in the Valley have been pummeled by hazardous soot levels for weeks now, stemming from fireplaces (despite no-burn days), diesel engines, cars and other sources. Heck, Clovis hit the highest level of pollution at around 9 a.m. this morning: “Very Unhealthy. Everyone should avoid outdoor activity if possible.”
There’s been a chorus of coughing in our newsroom, and I’m betting our readers are feeling the polluted air too (literally and figuratively). I can’t seem to kick this lingering cough from the cold I caught before Christmas. So, I want to know, what are your symptoms? I’ve heard folks complain about and the EPA warns of these lovely symptoms:
- Stinging eyes and throat
- Asthma attacks
- Heart problems (And I shouldn’t be too light-hearted here. One study shows that pollution leads to more than 3,800 premature deaths a year in the San Joaquin Valley and Los Angeles County/Inland Empire air basins. This stuff is dangerous.)
What other effects are you feeling from the crappy air?