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California Healthline interviewed Dr. Richard Jackson, professor emeritus of environmental health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, about which masks provide the best protection during fire season and the current pandemic.
If you have declined to wear a face mask during the COVID-19 crisis, you might want to reconsider, as the smoke from over 300 wildfires chokes people across central and Northern California.
But you are going to have to think a little more about what kind of mask is best.
The fires have spewed toxic substances far and wide, raining ash across the region and leaving an acrid brownish-gray haze. Air quality in much of the Bay Area was the worst in the world for a few days last week. And fire season is only just beginning.