Millions of Americans are encountering poor air quality as a result of wildfire smoke

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As wildfire smoke from Canada continues to travel into the United States, millions of Americans are on high alert for poor air quality.

According to Xinhua, the US National Weather Service (NWS) issued air quality advisories for at least 20 states, ranging from Minnesota to Georgia.

The poor air quality advisories were also extended to the Northeast, encompassing the whole state of New York and New Jersey.

“Unhealthy levels of smoke are expected for a wide swath of the Midwest. Smoke from wildfires in Canada is impacting the area,” the NWS tweeted.

“If you have to be outside, take breaks indoors and consider using an N-95 mask to help reduce the smoke you breathe in,” the NWS suggested.

Canada’s wildfire smoke is presently blanketing significant portions of the United States.

According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), wildfire smoke and ash can irritate the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs, causing individuals to cough or wheeze and make it difficult to breathe.

Staying indoors or limiting time spent outside is the most efficient approach to guard against wildfire smoke. This is especially critical for those with heart or lung disease, who are at a higher risk of serious health impacts, according to the CDC.