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How is the crappy air affecting you?

photo(1)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:

  • Coughing
  • Stinging eyes and throat
  • Phlegm
  • Bronchitis
  • 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?

Responses to "How is the crappy air affecting you?"

Étieme says:

Dry cough and never can quite clear my throat, despite not having spent a single hour outdoors since the first of the year, just cowering by my air filter. Fresno came close to having it’s first solitary hour of “good” air quality for 2014 last evening, from 7to 8pm. Close, but not quite. God only knows what long term damage is occurring inside, as PM 2.5 passes readily into the blood stream. Fresno continues to poison itself with wood-smoke, despite ban. I reported one of my neighbors and they caught the jerk. I can’t believe people’s ignorance and lack of consideration. Wood burning should be banned entirely. Has no place in urban Fresno-Clovis.

marcel says:

I went up to San Francisco for 4 days… part vacation, partly to give my lungs a break. The morning after my return I woke up coughing. I think that says it all.

erica says:

My Son has asthma already and so that has been irritated so then he got croup. My Daughter has bronchitis. They each developed these problems after picking up a cold in mid-December that never went away. It is January and we are all on daily allergy meds and still have congestion and junk. The day before yesterday my eyes started getting junk in them and now I can’t even wear my contacts! I am so sick of this. I can’t imagine what we are breathing in, and how that is going to affect us 6 months from now. It is getting really hard to keep a 2 year old inside too, there just aren’t enough things to do. He needs to RUN.

George B. Feist says:

I do not burn wood in my fireplace…have not for years. I do love the smell of the wood burning however in the neighborhood. (as long as it is on a burn day). I have not been effected by the air in Fresno as yet. 67 years old and all is OK so far.

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