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Utahns Should Limit Time Outdoors, Health Experts Say

Health experts are suggesting Utahns limit their time outside until the state’s air quality improves.

Blowing smoke from wildfires burning in surrounding states and the current heatwave has Intermountain Healthcare Pulmonary Physician Dr. Denitza Blagev reminding residents that the air pollution is affecting all Utahns right now, not just those with underlying health conditions. She says the tiny pollutant particles can “go beyond the lungs and into the bloodstream,” which increases risks for clotting, strokes, heart attacks and heart failure.


The Utah Division of Air Quality is encouraging residents to stay indoors as much as possible until conditions improve. Salt Lake, Weber, Box Elder, Davis, Utah, and Carbon counties are in the orange zone, unhealthy for sensitive groups. Tuesday, Salt Lake reached red alert status.

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