Medicine chairman comments on Syracuse air quality

Dr. Michael Iannuzzi, MD is interviewed by CNY Central meteorologist Matt Stevens. Photo by Kathleen Paice Froio.

Dr. Michael Iannuzzi, MD is interviewed by CNY Central meteorologist Matt Stevens. Photo by Kathleen Paice Froio.

An American Lung Association “State of the Air” report last week caught the attention of Dr. Michael Iannuzzi, MD, who chairs the Department of Medicine at Upstate. He spoke with Matt Stevens, a meteorologist at CNY Central about the grade of “C” for ozone.

The rate of asthma is higher among children, compared with adults, and children are more likely to be outdoors and active during the heat of the day, when ozone levels are at the worst.

Iannuzzi suggests to parents that “when the air quality index and the ozone levels get particularly bad, limit the time that the child is outdoors playing. And keep an eye on the temperature; as the days get hotter, and the air pollution and the ozone gets worse, those are the days when less outdoor activity should be planned.”

Watch the segment on CNY Central.

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