Omaha under ‘air quality alert’


Joe Jordan | Nebraska Watchdog

In a move usually associated with bumper to bumper traffic in Los Angeles or polluted parts of the industrial Rust Belt, Omaha is under an “air quality alert.”

The Douglas County Health Department issued the warning early Thursday (today) declaring conditions are “unhealthy for sensitive groups”—persons with heart and lung disease, older adults and children.

The list of symptoms associated with the advisory include repeated coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing, tightness or pain in the chest, palpitations, nausea, unusual fatigue or a light-headed feeling.

According to the health department due to fog and the lack of wind “high levels of particulates” are trapped close to the ground, conditions that are expected to improve when winds pick up in the middle of the day.

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