News Releases and Coverage

B.C. looking to buy air purifiers for smoke relief in wildfire-affected communities (Dr. Don Sin, SPH)

B.C. looking to buy air purifiers for smoke relief in wildfire-affected communities (Photo credit: Global News)

Ahead of a wildfire season in which experts say the presence of smoke would likely increase the death rate from COVID-19, British Columbia is considering purchasing air purification systems for people who require support for cleaner air in wildfire-affected communities.

The Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General has posted a bid request for information on the cost of buying air purifiers with high-efficiency particulate air or HEPA filters which can cover approximately 200 to 400 square feet, the size of a small room.

“We now know that wildfires and other types of smoke, when inhaled, increases the risk of not only getting COVID-19, but getting very severe forms of COVID-19 that leads to ICU admissions and even death,” respirologist Dr. Don Sin told Global News.

Click here for the full story on Global News.

Give us your comments and story ideas

X