Speak Up: How have the recent air quality issues affected you?


Recently, areas throughout the mid-Atlantic were impacted by poor air quality. Large, uncontrolled wildfires in Nova Scotia, Canada, produced a significant smoke plume that moved around our state, and it was likely to cause elevated unhealthy readings on the air quality index. The atmosphere was predicted to be unhealthy for sensitive groups, including children, older adults and people with lung diseases, like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. How did these conditions adjust your outdoor activities?

  • Catching up on video games and playing lots of board games with my kids. — Matthew Fisher
  • Is Canada going to compensate the USA for the future deaths from cancer, etc., that this is causing? — Bob Hice
  • I’m 71 years old, with asthma. I try to stay inside as much as possible. We have two air purifiers running, and they help out a lot. Love that air conditioning. — Vincent Deskiewicz
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