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North Platte’s air quality in the moderate zone

Published: Sep. 21, 2020 at 8:52 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) -With the seasons changing and new allergens emerging, residents of North Platte need to be concerned with the air quality.

According to Monday’s readings, North Platte is still in the moderate zone, meaning if you suffer from respiratory illnesses or allergies, you may want stay indoors.

Air quality has been poor in our areas due to the fires near by which increased the number of gases and particles in the air.

According to Dr. Guido Molina-Pallete from Great Plains Health District, there are micro-particles which are found in the environment. When you breathe them in, it can affect your lungs.

Due to the poorness in air quality, kids, elders, people with asthma or lung disease should take extra precautionary measures.

Dr. Molina-Pallette suggested avoiding going outside or checking the air quality before you do so.

North Platte usually has good air quality, but the strong winds will bring in smog or other pollutants affecting the level of air quality. If you see the air is foggy, search the current air quality index.

The air quality index designates a number on a scale of 0-300. Below 100 is safe, above 100 is when things get dangerous. In North Platte, the index is in the eighties.

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