This wildfire season is going to be unique as we continue to respond to COVID-19. This year we are especially concerned about health impacts, as breathing in wildfire smoke may worsen symptoms for those with COVID-19 and many of those vulnerable to wildfire smoke are also vulnerable to COVID-19.
How we protect ourselves from wildfire smoke is going to be different with COVID-19. It will be more difficult to go to public spaces where the air is cleaner and cooler than our homes may be. N95 respirators should be reserved for healthcare and frontline workers because N95 respirator supplies are limited. Cloth face coverings do not provide much protection from wildfire smoke. Take steps to prepare your home for wildfire smoke by improving air filtration and creating a clean air space.
For more specific information, take a look at:
Guidance for wildfire smoke and COVID-19 during the 2020 wildfire season (PDF)