Wildfires worsen isolation
With the air quality from wildfire smoke reaching levels of 'very unhealthy' on top of existing coronavirus restrictions, many West Coast may be feeling the isolation more than ever.
the global pandemic has now joined forces with a thick cloud of unhealthy smoke, a nasty combo that isn't stopping these tourists from trying to take in the beauty of the Northwest. Not what I was hoping for, but memorable. In another way. 2020 brought social distancing and masks. September brought wildfire smoke so thick that air quality is unhealthy and health experts want you to stay indoors with the windows closed. People are already having increased anxiety as it is because of increased social isolation, not being able to go to gatherings, not being able to go toe larger functions. And now we're asking them to isolate even further. Carry park in Seattle, we found several people disobeying the doctor's orders, if you will. For Portland paramedic Stephen Trout, the mental health benefit of getting away for a few days outweighed the health risks. Take a chance to get away from work, be with friends. Don't become too obsessed with it, Randy Read of Fresno with a similar philosophy. You want to go out and see the sights and see the city that you're coming to visit, and so it's difficult to convince yourself to stay inside and Dr Amy Marr Kasich of Over Lake Medical Center, says between the lock down and the smoke, she's seeing Mawr anxiety in her patients stress that could make existing conditions worse. This is not something that's going to be going away any time soon, and this is something that we're all gonna have to learn skills to deal with and just getting that extra outside help can be, you know, make a world of difference. Her advice. Get moving. Try a home workout indoors, Reach out to friends or family via zoom or phone. And don't hesitate to seek mental health help from a professional. You know what is next. It's hard to say, Mac. It carry park an attempt to capture this crazy, smoke filled time, all while hoping the skyline comes back very soon in Seattle. Sebastian Robertson, King five News