Air Quality Index Resource

We are all concerned for our friends and family up north and hope that you, your homes, and your loved ones are safe. The air quality can affect our health especially those with allergies and asthma. Unlike the digestive system, our lungs have difficulty detoxing. Be safe and mindful of your outdoor activities right now.

As of 10/29/19, the Air Quality Index (AQI) in San Francisco is 63 Moderate (scale 1-500) and North Bay areas like Santa Rosa are in the Unhealthy range (151-200). Usually, our AQI in the Bay Area is far less than 50. While wildfires are burning, you can expect this thick hazy smoke to continue. This smoke is an irritant to the eyes and the entire respiratory system as it is a mixture of gases and fine particles from burning trees and plants. Use this resource to keep tabs on the air quality where you are located.

For everyone: We ask that you and your children please stay inside as much as possible until these fires are under control. Heavy outdoor exertion, including outdoor sports, are not recommended. If you must work outdoors, consider using a simple over-the-counter face mask during the day. Keep your windows and doors closed. Run the air conditioner, but keep the fresh-air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent smoke from getting in the house. Please avoid burning candles, fireplaces, or gas stoves in the house. Avoid vacuuming which stirs up particles already in the home. These measures will ensure that the indoor air is as clean as possible during this time.

If you have asthma or other heart or lung diseases: In addition to the above measures, now is the time to start using your inhaler/s prophylactically or as per your asthma action plan. If you or your child use a daily inhaler, we recommend that you consider increasing the dose until the fires are under control and the air has cleared. Please give Dr. Sewell or Dr. Lewis a call, or for pediatric patients Dr. Herbsman or Dr. Castelli, and we will help you adjust your medication to avoid a flare-up of your condition.

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