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Sarah B. Henderson
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Fire Communication & Education
Smoke & Air Quality
Smoke & Populations
Smoke Emissions

NRFSN number: 21813
FRAMES RCS number: 61499
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As we enter the wildfire season in the northern hemisphere, the potential for a dangerous interaction between SARS-CoV-2 and smoke pollution should be recognized and acknowledged. This is challenging because the public health threat of COVID-19 is immediate and clear, whereas the public health threat of wildfire smoke seems distant and uncertain in comparison. However, we must start preparing now to effectively manage the combination of public health threats that we may face in the months ahead.


Henderson, Sarah B. 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic and wildfire smoke: potentially concomitant disasters. American Journal of Public Health 110(8):1140-1142.

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