Doctor offers important tips on how to handle another day of poor air quality

Local doctors say those with upper or lower respiratory issues, as well as kids and the elderly, will feel the most irritation from the smoke.

News 12 Staff

Jun 8, 2023, 9:32 AM

Updated 352 days ago

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With yet another day of poor air quality ahead in Connecticut Thursday, doctors have a simple message — stay indoors if you can.
Local doctors say those with upper or lower respiratory issues, as well as kids and the elderly, will feel the most irritation from the smoke.
Doctors say some short-term effects could be difficulty breathing, coughing and eye irritation.
Those who use an inhaler are advised to keep it on-hand.
Doctors also recommend using eyedrops, wearing a mask outside and keeping air conditioning on in the car.
As for long-term effects, doctors say it all depends on how long the haze remains in our area.
"We know that air pollution, poor air quality, over time will result in detrimental effects in patients respiratory, cardiovascular system for sure,” says Dr. Steven Thau, Hartford HealthCare’s director of pulmonary medicine. “What we don't know is, OK this is going to be for three or four days, it's probably not going to have any long-term effects unless you have a vulnerability."
Anyone experiencing symptoms that are out of the ordinary should call their doctor.
The MTA is offering N95 masks at ticket officers in these Connecticut stations:
  • Stamford
  • South Norwalk
  • Bridgeport
  • New Haven
Some cities and schools canceled outdoor activities for today due to the hazard air. These include Bridgeport Parks and Recreation, Norwalk Public Schools, and Fairfield Public Schools.


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