New York – The city skyline was clearly suffocated by wildfire smoke on the drive from Queens to Manhattan this week. The Empire State Building, one of the most recognizable buildings in the world, was barely a silhouette in the blanket haze.
As of Wednesday, rain helped clear the air, but fires in Canada to the west and north still present a serious problem, especially during these hot and humid days.
And it can pose health risks for everyone—especially those with underlying conditions, says NYU Langone Health cardiologist Dr. Jonathan Newman says
“Raise your blood pressure, they may increase your heart rate, they may work differently than the way your blood clots, or they may not clot or increase the level of inflammation,” Newman said.
Limiting time outside can be helpful if another plume of smoke makes its way across the country because dry conditions and months of drought keep the risk of wildfires high in the United States.
And we asked them if there was any benefit in putting back their masks while outside.
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“I don’t think we have evidence yet to suggest that wearing those N-95 masks will be helpful for everyone,” Newman said. “However, researchers are looking into whether an air purifier in our bedrooms would be helpful at night.”
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Many people have turned to such apps IQAir.com To get more specific information about air pollution status at their exact location.
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“It tells you which hyperlocal (weather) station is closest to you,” Dolphin Hyams said. “So you can see the nearest station and from there, you can determine how clean or how dirty your air quality is.”
No matter what, Newman says that regular physical activity is the best health advice for protecting the body from such conditions. Just be careful how much time you spend outside on foggy days.