“The smoke is coming into my place!” My sister cried into the phone. “It’s awful!” I could hear the distress in her voice. Had I seen any of the photos of the entire Bay Area shrouded in smoke and ash, she wanted to know. Yes, sadly I had. I have family and friends in that area, as well as up and down the West Coast, and I worry. I’m not free from risk in my suburban San Diego neighborhood either. I could smell the remains of the Valley Fire on one of my recent neighborhood rucks, but it’s not bad (yet) where I live.

If it’s awful where you live, these wellness design suggestions from two trusted experts — one a pulmonologist from UCSF and one a buildings expert from ASHRAE — along with tips from the EPA that I shared in my latest Forbes.com piece can help. Click here to read it. Wildfire smoke and ash are always potential health hazards, especially for those with respiratory and immune issues, but with a pandemic raging across the country, they’re even more dangerous.

Normal San Francisco Fog or Wildfire Smoke? Lately, It’s Sadly Been the Latter!
(Photo: https://www.pexels.com/@timmossholder)

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