Public Health Officer speaks on excessive smoke in Yellowknife region

Courtesy of GNWT

There are many health risks associated with the heavy smoke which is hanging  over the Yellowknife region currently.


Dr. Andre Corriveau, the Public Health Officer for the GNWT says many different people in society are at risk.


The doctor says first of all the main consideration is the amount of smoke individuals inhale.


Corriveau says that people most at risk have pre-existing health conditions such as asthma, respiratory illnesses and heart conditions top the list.


Those respiratory conditions include COPD or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and emphysema.


Of note, the doctor says, young infants are at risk because they breathe faster and ingest more smoke.


Corriveau says it is very important that anyone who may suffer from a pre-existing medical condition to stay indoors until the skies clear.


The doctor adds that if you have labored breathing or any symptoms like sore eyes and they persist, go to the emergency immediately.



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Daniel MacKenzie
Returning to the airwaves after a 9 year absence, Dan MacKenzie worked as a news director in Rocky Mountain House Alberta and Thompson Manitoba. As well as a lead morning news anchor in Prince George and lead afternoon news anchor in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. As well, Dan worked the evening sports desk from 1998 to 2000 in Winnipeg. Dan did his journalism education at Red River College, completing in 1997.

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