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On Thursday morning, air quality in the Bay Area was worse than in Beijing, notorious for having some of the unhealthiest air in the world, as one of the worst firestorms in California's history continues to burn, pumping smoke heavy with soot across the state. In San Francisco, local hardware stores have quickly sold out of face masks, as people attempt to shield themselves from the heavy pollution hanging in the air. According to a report by Reuters, one of the most concerning pollutants is PM2.5, commonly known as particulate matter. Particulates have a unique ability to penetrate and lodge deep inside the lungs, where they can worsen respiratory issues and trigger asthma attacks.
http://www.businessinsider.com/bay-area-people-face-masks-air-quality-bad-hardware-stores-sold-out-2017-10
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