Asthma Australia has called on all states to provide real-time air quality reporting for small particle pollution as the number of ambulance call-outs for asthma related to bushfire smoke increased by 50 per cent throughout NSW and Victoria.

In NSW, the health department has distributed more than one million P2 masks to bushfire zones in southern parts of the state, as NSW Ambulance experienced a 50 per cent increase in respiratory call-outs in the first six days of 2020 compared to the same period last year.

On Wednesday, outdoor pools and tennis courts were closed as smoke blanketing Sydney reduced the air quality to hazardous levels. Health Minister Brad Hazzard said air quality was “as bad as I Pixabaycan ever remember it”.

 

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