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Virtura Health Expert Says People with Lung Conditions Should Stay Indoors during Wildfires

(MARLTON, NJ, June 2, 2023) Smoke from the fire burning in New Jersey's Bass River State Forest is causing poor air quality throughout our region. Screenshot 2023-06-02 at 13.40.47
"Everyone should stay inside with windows closed and with air-conditioning turned on," says Dr. Eric Sztejman, a pulmonologist (lung doctor) with Virtua Health, South Jersey's largest health system. 
Today's heat advisory makes it especially important to be in an air-conditioned space. Dr. Sztejman advises people who don't have air conditioning at home to go to an air-conditioned location, such as a community center, library, or mall.
"The smoke is unhealthy for everyone, and it's especially dangerous for people with underlying respiratory diseases," he says. "People can experience lung irritation, coughing, and trouble breathing. People may also experience stinging in their eyes and a scratchy throat.
"Pay attention to local air quality reports, and stay inside until the air quality is good," he said.
Moreover, a paper or cloth mask won't keep you safe from smoke, he noted. Even an N95 mask may not provide enough protection.