Sensitive Groups Watch The AQI

The Truckee Meadows landscape can be clearly seen up at Truckee Meadows Community College.

But these days its not so clear.

You can barely make out the Sierra Mountain Range.

On the first day of school at TMCC students we talked to say with the slight breeze its not uncomfortable, but last Friday they say was a different story.

“It was giving me some clogged sinuses, it was giving me some irritated red itchy eyes. I'm not worried about it because, like I said, it will get cleared out eventually,” says Amaro Dasilva, a TMCC student.

“And I have some really bad allergies, so I think its affecting that too, that's what I think,” says Melanie Recinos, another TMCC student

“We are getting calls for people who are bothered from irritation of the eyes and flem production,” says Dr. Leonard Shapiro.

Dr. Shapiro is with Asthma and Allergy specialist here in the Truckee Meadows.

He says those with asthma or other lung or airway problem already have inflammation and irritation which makes it tough to breath or break up congestion.

The smoky air he says just makes it worse.

“You should try and reduce contact with the pollutants, stay in the house use an air conditioner. Try to leave the exertion like activity to another day,” says Dr. Shapiro.

Dr. Shapiro says many people with compromised health systems know better than to over exert themselves in present conditions.

If they don't they soon find out he says this is not the time to take a jog, or ride a bike.

For the rest of us he says, the conditions are only temporary.

You could assault your respiratory system in another way, and many people do he says.

“I want people to remember the pollution from a drag off a cigarette is probably a thousands times worse that the worst pollution day every recorded on earth,” says Dr. Shapiro.

Mondays Air Quality Index was unhealthful for sensitive groups, the Washoe County Health Department predicts the same for Tuesday and the rest of the work week.

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