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Health Employees Warn About Air Quality

winter air qualityMEDFORD, Ore. — Public Health employees say the haze that has covered Southern Oregon this week has been causing worse air quality.

Jackson County Public Health said Tuesday was a “red” day for wood burning, meaning that you cannot use a wood stove that puts out smoke from your chimney. Doctors say the current air quality can take a toll people who already suffer from breathing problems like asthma and COPD.

“When they go out in this weather, they breathe it in. It increases their chances of having an asthma attack, bronchial-spasms, shortness of breath. It can lead to an emergency,” said Jason Jex, Valley Immediate Care.

Doctors say if you do suffer from lung diseases, you should try to limit your time outdoors until the air quality in Southern Oregon improves.