Living Under Smoky Skies (PDF)
With much of the state seeing worsening air quality, risks increase for Californians, especially those more vulnerable due to pre-existing health conditions or communities who don’t have the necessary infrastructure or resources to endure smoky periods safely.
David Eisenman, director of UCLA’s Center for Public Health and Disasters, research on the topic, referenced in the report, shows that far-reaching, lingering smoke pushing people to remain indoors has impacted the mental health of Californians all over the state.
Heavy smoke, which can be physically dangerous, also keeps people indoors. Eisenman said the smoke cuts people from community support and can add to economic distress.
Citation: Capital Public Radio (NPR)