As smoke from wildfires on the West Coast of the U.S. and Canada spread across the continent, people suffering from COVID-19 could been at a greater risk of dying.
“Smoke from wildfires could make it harder for people to fight off COVID-19 infections and the emerging variants because their immune systems are already battling pollution,” said a Friday report from National Geographic. “Studies have shown that people exposed to air pollution are more likely to die from COVID-19.”
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According to National Geographic, wildfire smoke is impacting residents on the opposite coast in New York City. They talked to a 29-year-old asthmatic who lives in Manhattan and is experiencing symptoms more severe then they have ever been in the U.S.
“To see wildfires have an actual effect on this coast…I was in disbelief,” he said.