Here's a new article from one of our Board members, Dr. Michael Mehta. He states:
Wood smoke, and the cultural and social practices that allow it to be generated without much regulation and control, operates in a vacuum where preconceptions, origin stories and strong emotions impair action. We need another narrative.
Lack of government action to deal with this problem encourages people to ignore this evidence and to underestimate the risk. Burning wood deprives people of the right to breathe clean air in their own homes, and it ultimately represents an uncontrolled form of secondhand smoke exposure with broad implications.
Dr. Michael Mehta of TRU wearing a Vogmask. Yes, I've heard the jokes about Darth Vader and Silence of the Lambs.
Over the past two years people in many parts of British Columbia have been exposed to unusually high levels of particulate pollution from wildfires.
The messaging from the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), and public health officials from Interior Health and other publicly funded health care providers, has been mixed and noticeably negative about the benefits of wearing N95 respirator masks as a risk reduction measure. In a recent article by Ashley Legassic of CFJC Today, she quoted Interior Health Medical Health Officer Dr. Kamran Golmohammadi as follows: "They require fitting," he says. "In other words, it has to be tight on the face. So people with facial hair, small children and people who cannot fit (the mask) properly... will not benefit from these masks and there are alternative ways and more effective ways of protecting people from these parti…
According to Daniel Bings, with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.
There is strong evidence that exposure to air pollution increases susceptibility to respiratory viral infections by decreasing immune function.
In other words, poor air quality may increase the number of COVID-19 cases and make these cases more severe.
In large cities like LA where air pollution is also a major problem, pub…