Klotz Center offers health advice for students

Aston Tan

Due to the recent fires, Amy Reichbach, health educator at the Klotz Student Health Center, offers answers to health questions students might have regarding respiratory problems while on and outside the campus during the time of the fires are occurring.

Is there risk of permanent lung damage?

Risk of permanent damage is low to unlikely, but long-term exposure can lead to minor respiratory problems for sensitive people. The most common problems encountered are red-eye and breathing difficulties.

Who are the most susceptible?
People who already have pre-existing respiratory problems like asthma and people with weak immune systems.

What can students do?
Avoid vigorous activity, no exercise, avoid biking and take the bus if you need to. Stay indoors.

How can the health center help?
The center has pulmonologists and other professionals on site. Affected students can make use of the ‘feel better room,’ where they will be treated. If the situation gets increasingly severe, surgical masks will be made available for temporary relief.
Reichbach also advises students to keep updated emergency kits at home and to have an out-of-state contact to check up with in the event of crisis.