N.W.T Chief Public Health Officer stresses safety after smoky week

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Yellowknife, NWT – Yellowknife’s Air Quality Health Index surpassed 10 at points this week due to smoke from surrounding forest fires, resulting in high risk conditions.

Doctor Andre Corriveau, the territory’s Chief Public Health Officer, says certain groups of people should take extra precautions when conditions worsen.

“Infants or people with chronic lung diseases are more susceptible to plugged up airways. Even a very small amount of swelling can make their disease a lot worse.”

Corriveau also advises residents to purchase an air purifier for their homes when smoke conditions worsen in the city.

He says even the general population should consider reducing or rescheduling strenuous activities outdoors if symptoms like coughing and throat irritation develop.

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