Bushfire smoke, asthma, lung disease and masks – BREATHE, a new research study this summer

Bushfire smoke, asthma, lung disease and masks – BREATHE, a new research study this summer

Unprecedented bushfires in the black summer of 2019-2020 probably caused at least 400 excess deaths and thousands of hospital admissions for cardiac and respiratory health effects of bushfire smoke. During the fires, many people attempted to protect themselves from the smoke by wearing face masks but there is no published evidence on their efficacy for this purpose.

We have conducted over a decade of research on the role of face masks and respirators in preventing infection, including five clinical trials. We are combining the expertise in face masks from the Kirby Institute with the expertise in asthma and COPD at the Woolcock Institute to study the benefits of masks, respirators and outdoor air avoidance in people with ...

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