MEDFORD, Ore. -- Smoke from all the fires across our region continues to cause the air quality to diminish.
"Right now with the air conditions being as bad as they are you shouldn't be outside with a mask if you can avoid it at all," said Providence Pulmonology Medical Director Dr. Mark Bradford, M.D.
He said those with lung or heart disease are the people most affected by the smoke. Children and older people are also significantly affected.
"Any time that the air quality becomes this bad, there's usually an increase in the number of urgent care visits and emergency room visits for lung disease and heart disease," added Dr. Bradford.
He added because the air quality is so poor, everyone should stay inside as much as possible with clean HEPA filters in your AC. If you have to go outside, he said you should wear an N-95 of P-100 mask. Dr. Bradford said it’s easier to breath while wearing the N-95 mask.
"I wore a mask this morning walking out to my car. I wore one walking into the hospital from my car. There's no reason to expose your lungs to it," said Dr. Bradford.
He also recommends putting exercising outside on hold until it gets clearer. HE said working out outside in these conditions increases the amount of smoke you breathe in by about 20 times.