COVID-19 and Wildfire Smoke
There is concern about health impacts of wildfire smoke overlapping with COVID-19 because both impact the respiratory and immune system. COVID-19 recommendations may conflict with how we can reduce our exposure to wildfire smoke.
For public health and air quality officials: Guidance for Wildfire Smoke and COVID-19 (PDF). This guidance is intended to help respond to wildfire smoke events during the pandemic.
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Below are technical guidance and risk communication resources for public health, air quality, and other officials to use during a wildfire smoke response. Many of these tools were created with input from partners across the state, including the Wildfire Smoke Impacts Advisory Group (PDF). This interagency group was formed in 2018 to develop and improve evidence-based health guidance and achieve more consistent health messaging across agencies.
Washington Guide for Public Health Actions for Wildfire Smoke: English
Wildfire Smoke Guidance for Canceling Outdoor Events or Activities and Closing Schools: English
Recommendations for Wildfire Amoke and COVID-19: English
Washington State CEMP ESF 8 Attachment 1 to Appendix 5 – Wildfire Response – Severe Smoke Episodes:
Smoke from fires can be dangerous flyers:
Smoke From Fires Webpage in Other Languages
Additional Resources on Wildfires and Smoke
WA Labor & Industries Wildfire Smoke website: English For information on wildfire smoke and outdoor worker safety, including workplace requirements and policies.