ABC 4 Utah talked to health experts at Intermountain Medical Center who say
Dr. Blagev, says most of those cases are from people with already existing breathing problems who become more affected. However, they are not the only ones. Vicki Clift Does not have a history of breathing problems, but says she just can’t seem to catch her breath. She says "I have a harder time breathing here I definitely do.” Clift has lived in
Dr. Blagev says there are a multiple sources for the poor air quality right now including the hot weather, and particulate matter getting into the air from driving. “What we've recently really seen a lot of is really these wildfires that people are really sensitive to the smoke and it triggers symptoms to people who are susceptible,” says Dr. Blagev. She goes on to says those most susceptible are those with underline heart or lung disease.
Dr. Blagev says minimizing your exposure to the outdoors is really the best thing you can do especially avoiding outdoor exercising. “When we exercise we are particularly vulnerable to breathing in more of the pollution and ultimately we are all susceptible to the pollution whether we are symptomatic or not,” says Dr. Blagev.
Dr. Blagev tells ABC 4 Utah a lot of the people that have come in to her office are older, but even younger people can be affected by the air quality and if anyone is experiencing breathing problems to check with their doctor.