Tag Archives: Summer of Fire 2021

Living in a constant state of disaster is unhealthy for children and other living things

30 Aug

Gee, doesn’t this wildfire scenario put COnVID in it’s proper perspective? I mean, I don’t know one person who can prove to me they had COVID (in fact, I only know one person who has claimed to have it), but I know people all around me right now are getting sick from breathing the cancer-laden smoke from these human-made and human-manipulated fires.

From the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/wildfires/smoke.html

Wildfire smoke is a mix of gases and fine particles from burning vegetation, building materials, and other materials. Wildfire smoke can make anyone sick. Even someone who is healthy can get sick if there is enough smoke in the air. Breathing in smoke can have immediate health effects, including:

  • Coughing
  • Trouble breathing normally
  • Stinging eyes
  • A scratchy throat
  • Runny nose
  • Irritated sinuses
  • Wheezing and shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Headaches
  • An asthma attack
  • Tiredness
  • Fast heartbeat

Let me add, stomach ache. The last few nights I think I’ve been swallowing air because my sinuses are so glued shut I can’t get it any other way. I wake up at 3 am with a horrible stomach ache, walk around belching and blowing my nose for 15 minutes. I’ll also add dehydration – I’m waking up several times a night, thirsty as hell, even though I’ve been drinking more water than ever. My mouth is sore, my tongue is dry, and my voice has been reduced to a croak.

So what’s the solution? “If you are told to stay indoors, stay indoors and keep your indoor air as clean as possible. Keep windows and doors closed unless it is very hot outside. Run an air conditioner if you have one, but keep the fresh-air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent outdoor smoke from getting inside. Seek shelter elsewhere if you do not have an air conditioner and it is too warm to stay inside with the windows closed.”

This advice might be useful in a short-term emergency. We’ve been force-fed smoke and ash and other cancer-causing particulates for about 2 months now. Stay inside? How the fuck is a person supposed to make a living? And, according to the CDC, masks are suddenly worthless?

Do not rely on dust masks for protection. Paper “comfort” or “dust” masks commonly found at hardware stores trap large particles, such as sawdust. These masks will not protect your lungs from smoke. An “N95” mask, properly worn, will offer some protection. If you decide to keep a mask on hand, see the Respirator Fact Sheet provided by CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

But I’m supposed to believe that a mask will stop a virus? Wow, this just gets more ridiculous every minute.

After over a year of the COnVID shutdown, we are now forced indoors and isolated by wildfires left to burn half the state. We already know what happens – more depression/mental illness, more domestic violence, more suicide.

These wildfires, like the COVID shutdown, were human-made and human perpetuated. In both instances, the cure has been worse than the disease.