Exactly how sick are we?

Air Quality Alert
Air Quality Alert For Saturday June 16th Department Of Environmental Quality Has Declared Saturday…June 16Th…To Be An Action Day For Elevated Levels Of Ozone. Pollutants Are Expected To Be In The Unhealthy For Sensitive Groups Range. People And Businesses Are Urged To Avoid Activities Which Lead To Ozone Formation. These Activities Include…Refueling Vehicles Or Topping Off When Refueling…Using Gasoline Powered Lawn Equipment…And Using Charcoal Lighter Fluid. Positive Activities Include…Car Pooling…Biking To Work…Delaying Or Combining Errands And Using Water Based Paints. It Is Recommended That Active Children And Adults…And Persons With Respiratory Diseases Such As Asthma…Limit Prolonged Outdoor Exertion

On the last alert day, my daughter came in from playing coughing miserably. She stopped with a couple puffs of albuterol and some time inside with the A/C. I’ve had to start using a daily asthma medication myself. Are we insane?

That’s all I have to say about that.


  1. Old Geezer

     /  June 16, 2012

    So, a “…Day For Elevated Levels Of Ozone…” is a day for”…Biking To Work….” Am I missing something here?

  2. Dennis Blankenship

     /  June 19, 2012

    Short answer to your question: yes.

    All you need do is look at what pop culture is consumed: Real Housewives, Fox News, Jersey Shore, Survivor, People/Us Weekly, etc. (you get the idea).

  3. OleanderTea

     /  September 6, 2012

    I’m a little surprised to see “ozone days” happening again. They were common in Jacksonville, FL, when I was a child (one of my strongest memories as a child was going to our dr’s three times in one day because of asthma and ozone in the summer). But I don’t recall hearing about ozone or “unhealthy” air levels on a regular basis (at least in Jacksonville) for about twenty years.

    Until last summer, when Boston (where I now live) began having ozone days! While I’m not as sensitive thanks to preventative meds that didn’t exist in the mid-70s, it was still difficult to walk up a flight of stairs and I had to pull out my nebulizer for a few days to help things out.

    Biking to work was not on the agenda.

    Maybe they were there all along and I just chalked it up to the oppressive humidity that also causes me problems. But I agree — are we insane? Obviously that’s rhetorical.

    Sigh, I can’t wait until winter. No pollen, no ozone days. Just lovely cold air.

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