SAN FRANCISCO – Wildfires burning throughout Northern California coupled with extreme heat and dryness has the air high quality in the unhealthy vary. All of this is sparking considerations for people with respiratory issues, particularly those with COVID-19. Dr. Vinayak Jha, a pulmonologist affiliated with Sutter’s California Pacific Medical Center, says one of the simplest ways to guard ourselves from the virus and poor air high quality is to stay indoors and put on a mask or face covering when outdoors. Read extra about wildfire smoke and its effect on lung health right here. Use your maintenance puffers/inhalers in case you have asthma, emphysema or other respiratory illnesses, and carry your rescue puffer/inhaler with you if you depart your home.