Poor air quality taxing those with respiratory ailments

first_imgBetween crochet, reality TV and her “little hobbies,” Vancouver resident Darlene Hunt has enough options to keep herself entertained indoors.As someone living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, staying inside has been essential for Hunt, 76, as air quality has ventured into the unhealthy territory, where it remained Tuesday in Clark County and Portland.Conditions are so bad now, everyone is advised to stay indoors.Even indoors, breathing became so difficult for Hunt on Monday that she checked into the Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center emergency room and has continued treatment at the hospital.She isn’t alone in that regard. Legacy Salmon Creek had 18 respiratory patients Tuesday who were affected by the unhealthy-air designation. The designation means that everyone, especially sensitive groups, should limit time spent outdoors, avoid strenuous activities outdoors and “choose light indoor activities.”PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center had 25 inpatients being treated for COPD and asthma issues, which were likely tied to the poor air quality, PeaceHealth spokesperson Randy Querin confirmed through email.Since Hunt has COPD, a chronic lung inflammatory disease that obstructs airflow, she falls into the “sensitive group,” which includes people with asthma, diabetes, heart and lung conditions, respiratory illnesses and colds, stroke survivors, children under 18, adults over 65 and pregnant women.last_img