Unfortunately it’s true: the brown haze around the base of the Wasatch Front and the Cache Valley is the dirtiest air in the country right now. The Utah Division of Air Quality says unhealthy air is expected to persist through Wednesday for Salt Lake, Utah, Weber, Davis and Cache Counties. Richard Worley is the air quality specialist for the Bear River Health Department and he says when the PM 2.5 levels are this high the air is unhealthy for everyone, not just those with chronic health problems. Worley says the best thing people can do to protect their health is to stay indoors, providing the heating and ventilating systems are functioning properly. “We’re trying to get that message out,” Worley says. “Stay indoors when we have these types of events and then also, try to avoid any heavy exertion or if you’re outside reduce it as much as possible. Those two things can help protect our health when we do have these events.” Worley made the comments on KVNU’s For the People program Monday. Officials say pollution has been accumulating because there have been no major storms in the area to clear it out. A weather system in the forecast later this week may help.
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