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Smoke and COVID-19 causing concern

Smoke and COVID-19 causing concern for people right now. People don;t know how to tell if they are having a hard time breathing due to the smoke from the fires or because of COVID-19 symptoms.

Posted: Aug 21, 2020 4:54 PM
Updated: Aug 21, 2020 5:05 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Smoke and COVID-19 are causing concern for people right now.

People in Chico and all over California are being impacted by the poor air quality and the possibility of having coronavirus symptoms.

“I woke up this morning with a throat ache or sore throat and I was like is this Corona," said Maggie Smith. "You know, you just get scared nowadays, because of the whole coronavirus and you question whether you have it or not but then I was like nope it’s definitely because of the smoke inhalation.”

Butte County Public Health Officer, Dr. Bernstein, was able to address these concerns. 

“The irritant symptoms, some of which are the same but not fever, not necessarily fatigue, not a runny nose or stuffy nose, those are symptoms that are more likely to be due to the smoke irritation,” said Bernstein. 

People in Chico tell Action News Now that they will continue to protect themselves by wearing a mask whenever possible. 

“Wearing a mask you know," said Owen Vollendroff. "Always in public when in big groups. When you are near people. Just being cautious of who you are around.”

Dr. Bernstein said that he encourages people to stay inside as much as possible due to the poor air quality and encourages people to contact their local health care when they start to feel sick. 

He also encourages those who do have to be outside to be sure and wear a mask.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 886939

Reported Deaths: 17167
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Los Angeles2904866944
Riverside650561275
San Bernardino609451065
Orange576351423
San Diego53263863
Kern33551413
Fresno30220430
Sacramento24811474
Santa Clara23591382
Alameda22932435
San Joaquin21436484
Contra Costa18273238
Stanislaus17403394
Tulare17317279
Ventura13930160
Imperial12610336
San Francisco11969137
Monterey1115884
San Mateo10918157
Santa Barbara9671119
Merced9386153
Sonoma9016134
Kings817383
Solano720574
Marin7036127
Madera492873
San Luis Obispo408032
Placer402355
Yolo309958
Butte302651
Santa Cruz272524
Napa190814
Sutter182112
Shasta178629
San Benito141114
El Dorado13024
Yuba128010
Mendocino111121
Tehama7938
Lassen7611
Lake67815
Glenn6473
Nevada5988
Humboldt5609
Colusa5486
Calaveras33917
Amador31316
Tuolumne2574
Inyo21815
Siskiyou1860
Del Norte1751
Mono1752
Mariposa782
Plumas610
Modoc270
Trinity250
Sierra60
Alpine30
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