Minnesota clinics seeing more wheezing, struggling patients amid very unhealthy air


Jerry Holt, Star Tribune

Nick Cobbett wore a mask to water his vegetables at the Capital View communal garden as heavy smoke blanketed nearby downtown St. Paul Wednesday.

Calls and visits to Minnesota medical clinics increased midweek as people inhaling historically bad air could no longer tolerate it.

"You breathe the stuff in yesterday, and today stuff is flaring," said Dr. Andrew Stiehm, a pulmonologist with Allina Health in St. Paul.

Air quality levels in the Twin Cities nudged into the "very unhealthy" range at one point on Wednesday as smoke from Canadian wildfires blew south.



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