How to Weigh Evacuation Options with Both Wildfires and COVID at Your Door

August 28, 2020

Kaiser Health News  (August 28)

How to Weigh Evacuation Options with Both Wildfires and COVID at Your Door

As the smoke thickened near her home in Santa Cruz, California, last week, Amanda Smith kept asking herself the same questions: Should we leave? And where would we go? The wildfire evacuation zone, at the time, ended a few blocks from her house. But she worried about what the air quality — which had reached the second-highest warning level, purple for “very unhealthy” — would do to her children’s lungs. Her 4-year-old twins had spent time in the neonatal intensive care unit; one was later diagnosed with asthma, and last year was hospitalized with pneumonia.


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