DOH urges residents to prepare for climate change problems as the Kilauea eruption continues

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The Ministry of Health is urging residents to be prepared for the effects of climate change as the eruption at the Kilauea summit continues.

The explosion is taking place inside the Halemaumau Crater, and does not indicate danger to buildings.

But officials see climate change has “caused problems for high-altitude winds in areas west of the summit such as Palala, Naalehu and Ocean View as well as Hilo and East Hawaii.”

Heavy vog, bad breath type and increased levels of sulfur dioxide can cause respiratory health problems, especially for people who are stiff, the elderly and young children.

In extreme cases, the Department of Health recommends preventive measures:

  • Reduce external activities that cause excessive breathing.
  • Stay indoors and close windows and doors.
  • Always keep medicines on hand and available easily.
  • Facial covering COVID does not provide protection from sulfur dioxide or vog.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to keep yourself hydrated.

For more tips and up-to-date vog information, click here.

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