Will your face mask protect you from wildfire smoke?

Views of San Francisco's skyline are smoke-filled on the morning of Oct. 9 as multiple wildfires burn in Mendocino and Sonoma counties

Due to the active wildfires and changing wind patterns, air quality could be impacted for many days to come. Parents and school administrators must check air quality readings before letting children practice outdoor sports while air quality is unhealthy.

The Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) will also perform wellness checks throughout San Francisco and providing transportation (upon request) to shelters.

After a brief respite Wednesday, San Francisco air quality is expected to be especially bad today, a result of the ongoing wildfires in the North Bay. Anyone being exposed to poor air quality or wildfire smoke should move inside to an air-conditioned environment.

"I think that some of the kids have felt like they have been exposed to the smoke and haven't felt well because of it", he said. Usually the Bay Area benefits from a natural air conditioning system with winds blowing in off the coast and carrying the air inland.

Views of San Francisco's skyline are smoke-filled on the morning of October 9 as multiple wildfires burn in Mendocino and Sonoma counties. Kaiser declined to give the number of patients transferred to its Oakland medical center. "In an hour, they were four boxes down just because of the smoke", said Eleanor Fernandez, a Kaiser Permanente volunteer, who added that she felt "light-headed because of the smoke".

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This post is based on a story by KQED, which is being periodically updated with the most recent air quality numbers.

Children, the elderly and people with respiratory conditions are the most susceptible to the pollution and should take extra precautions, air district officials said. "It was even seeping into the house".

The favorable weather will not last long, though.

San Francisco officials said that hospitals have already started receiving patients for respiratory issues that are likely related to the smoke from the wildfires, San Francisco Chronicle reported. Then, Glidden said, the school district provided surgical masks, which health departments have warned are ineffective in protecting against smoke.

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