Long Island doctors advise residents on what do amid poor air quality due to wildfire smoke from Canada

Dr. Eugenio Villarreal says those who already have trouble breathing, should take some extra steps by limiting outdoor exposure.

News 12 Staff

Jun 8, 2023, 10:01 AM

Updated 347 days ago

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The smoke and haze from the Canadian wildfires have blanketed Long Island – triggering an air quality alert that has been extended through Thursday.  
News 12 Long Island’s Caroline Flynn is at Long Island Jewish Hospital speaking with doctors about what residents should do during poor air quality.
Dr. Eugenio Villarreal says those who already have trouble breathing, should take some extra steps by limiting outdoor exposure, keep windows in your house closed, and use an air purified.
In addition, Dr. Villarreal says those going outside should use a mask, preferably a K95.  
Lastly, all those who are in the high-risk category should adhere to their medication regimen.
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Wednesday that the state is making one million N95 masks available. Those can be picked up at facilities including Long Island Rail Road stations.
 The LIRR said the masks are available at customer service windows at the following stations:
-Grand Central Madison
-Penn Station
-Moynihan Train Hall
-Jamaica
-Atlantic Terminal


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