Bakersfield, CA (KERO) —Winds have caused air quality to deteriorate as wildfire smoke from the Windy and KNP Complex fires drifts into Bakersfield. The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control Act reports that Bakersfield’s air quality is unhealthy for sensitive groups. Exposure to smoke and other pollutants also poses a risk of long-term health effects, medical experts say.
“Many of my patients have many respiratory problems,” said pulmonologist Mushtag Ahmed.
Mushtag Ahmed is a pulmonologist in the San Joaquin Valley Pulmonary Medical Group at Bakersfield. He says the smoke in the air is sickening the inhabitants of Bakersfield.
“They have tighter breasts. Some patients may have to go to the emergency room,” he said.
Michael Benjamin of the California Department of Air Resources states that smog usually worsens when warm climates and lack of rain cause accumulation of air pollution.
“The mountains surrounding the Bakersfield area tend to trap air pollution, so it doesn’t spread,” Benjamin said.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s Meredith Kulpius says this is because Bakersfield is located at the southern tip of the San Joaquin Valley basin. This trend indicates that air quality is deteriorating.
“Bakersfield is arguably the highest level of air pollution for certain pollutants in the country,” said Krupius.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, we inhale particles in the air caused by pollutants such as dust, dirt and smoke. These particles are invisible, but can be harmful.
“This size allows these particles to penetrate deep into the human lungs, allowing the smallest particles to actually enter the bloodstream and move to the heart. Therefore, particulate air pollution is only in lung disease. It’s a heart problem, and it can cause heart problems. ”
Ahmed says exposure to smoke can lead to long-term health problems.
“Gas is what we are talking about carbon monoxide. It can be a life-threatening problem that they are harmful and can last longer. In the long run, cancer is a hydrocarbon. Because of this, they are inhaling hydrocarbons, which can stay inside and long-term effects can cause malignancy, which has been reported, “said Ahmed.
Benjamin said, “I’m really worried about anyone who works outdoors or in an outside profession like construction and eventually goes out in the smoky air for weeks. “.
Experts advise Kern County residents to stay inside.
“The only real preventive mechanism you can trust at this time is the mask,” Benjamin said.
“The best masks at the moment are called N-95 or P-100. These are special masks that protect you better,” Ahmed said.
According to Benjamin, state and federal agencies are working together to reduce air pollution from other common causes such as cars, trucks and industrial activities.
Kurpius says rain is needed to wash away some of the pollutants in the air.
With the resources available in the EPA, airnow.gov can monitor exposure to smoke and other pollutants.
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