California fires: Firefighters more at risk of coronavirus, claims scientist

Camps which firefighters have been staying in all around California have been cramped, making social distancing difficult.

Luke Montrose, assistant professor of community and environmental health at Boise State University, wrote in The Conversation: “Two forces of nature are colliding in the western United States, and wildland firefighters are caught in the middle.

“Emerging research suggests that the smoke firefighters breathe on the front lines of wildfires is putting them at greater risk from the new coronavirus, with potentially lethal effects.

“At the same time, firefighting conditions make precautions such as social distancing and hand-washing difficult, increasing the chance that, once the virus enters a fire camp, it could quickly spread.

READ MORE: California fires map: Deadly extent of flames – ‘Fire on all sides’

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