This wildfire season will be especially challenging during the COVID-19 pandemic. There is concern about the health impacts of wildfire smoke overlapping with COVID-19 because both impacts respiratory and immune systems. COVID-19 restrictions limit how we can reduce our exposure to wildfire smoke.
If you have COVID-19, breathing in wildfire smoke may make your symptoms worse. Wildfire smoke can also make you more susceptible to respiratory infections, like COVID-19. Some symptoms, including cough, sore throat, and difficulty breathing, are common to wildfire smoke exposure and COVID-19.
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