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LETTER: Keep wearing masks to protect against wildfire smoke

Editor: Besides the huge impacts of wildfires on the planet outlined in Bob Sandford’s excellent commentary in the July 22 edition of the Outlook, the immediate health impacts are surprisingly significant. Inhaling wildfire smoke is equivalent to

Editor:

Besides the huge impacts of wildfires on the planet outlined in Bob Sandford’s excellent commentary in the July 22 edition of the Outlook, the immediate health impacts are surprisingly significant.

Inhaling wildfire smoke is equivalent to smoking several packs of cigarettes a day. The dangerous particles are very small, but interestingly you can protect yourself well by wearing a PM 2.5 filtered COVID-19 mask outdoors.

Yet another reason to keep wearing those masks!

Simon Vieyra,

Canmore