As smoke from Northern California wildfires choke the Bay Area, a web site compares the current air quality in the Bay Area to the air quality of some of the most polluted cities in the world.
These tiny particles are about 3 percent of the diameter of a human hair, which makes them even more risky because they can be inhaled into the lungs and bypass the body's filtration systems, slipping directly into the bloodstream.
According to a statement from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the situation will change moment by moment in the days ahead, as "due to active wildfires and changing wind patterns, air quality could be impacted for many days to come".
"We are proud to team up with all of the Bay Area professional sports teams to support North Bay disaster relief efforts."That is the same amount of pollutants that all of California's 35 million cars produce in a year. Please keep in mind to check on your neighbors, especially the elderly or those who might be otherwise impaired by the conditions. "We are joining forces with the rest of our sports community to help relief efforts and encourage any fans who are able to help by donating as well". Where conditions warrant, people with heart or lung disease should follow their doctors' advice for dealing with episodes of particulate exposure. Windows and doors should be kept closed to prevent indoor air from becoming dirty.
People take pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge as smoke from wildfires covers the San Francisco skyline Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017.
The agency also warned against relying on dust masks for protection. You'll need a N-95 respirator, as those are made to block around 95 percent of non-oil based particles like the ones smogging up our skies.
"When we breathe particulates, they bypass the lung system and get into our bloodstream", says Fasano. It's important that you wear the respirator correctly, however.