Wildfire Smoke and COVID-19

No, most masks won't protect you from smoke.

The wildfire season has been appreciably less active in 2020 -- so far. Yet, we can expect wildfires to ignite and it is only now that we are entering the higher fire danger zone of the season. Appropriately, the Centers for Disease Control has some guidance on fighting fire smoke in a pandemic. See link below:

Wildfire Smoke and COVID-19

There are the usual precautions about who is more vulnerable, the young and old and those with pre-existing lung and other diseases. Most notable was the recommendation on masks -- which I'll let you read.

At the end of the webpage there is a list of other resources that you might find useful when you smell smoke in the air:

For more information about the health effects of wildfire smoke and reducing exposure to it:

For more information on air quality, wildfire information, smoke forecasts, and vulnerable populations:

Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.