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Medical leaders urge people to stay indoors as air quality gets worse

Medical leaders urge people to stay indoors as air quality gets worse.

YAKIMA, Wash. - With so much smoke still hanging over the valley, Molly Tull with Virginia Mason Memorial said it's best to do as much as you can indoors.

“Our respiratory system tries to filter out those, but it really can't do it adequately. So, a lot of that stuff goes in and it will do some clogging in our system,” she said.

As of Tuesday morning, Yakima had an air quality index number of 162. Which means it's unhealthy for anyone to breathe the air outside.

That’s because it contains smoke and debris from wild fires, along with dust and pollen that our lungs have a problem processing.

If you continue to breath in the air, it can lead to wheezing, asthma attacks, heart attacks and other health issues.

Some might brave these conditions to build up a sweat and get some exercise, but Tull has an alternative for all those workout warriors.

“Can you go for a run indoors somewhere? Can you go to a gym? Can you go a mall and do mall walking? That would be safer,” she said.

So, at this point, it's better for you to stay home and watch tv compared to going out for a run.

However, the air in your house could be compromised as well.

Tull said turn on the AC when you get home so the smoke in the air can be filtered out by your unit.

“You want to make sure you're checking your air filters to make sure they're not clogged. They're working efficiently,” she said.

Tull said the smoke has a buildup effect on people and it takes a toll on your lungs the more you breathe it.

So, you may not feel anything as soon as you step out, but it could become harder for you to breathe as you spend more time outdoors.

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