As California’s wildfires persist, we’d like to provide some additional information to help you determine the difference between symptoms you may be experiencing due to smoke exposure versus COVID-19. Please keep in mind that people who currently have or who are recovering from COVID-19 may be at increased risk of health effects from exposure to wildfire smoke due to compromised heart and/or lung function related to COVID-19.
Some symptoms, like dry cough, sore throat, and difficulty breathing can be caused by both wildfire smoke exposure and COVID-19. However, symptoms like fever or chills, muscle or body aches, and diarrhea are not related to smoke exposure. If you have any of these symptoms, please use the CDC COVID-19 Self-Checker, which can help you determine whether you need further assessment or testing for COVID-19, by visiting the link below. If you have questions after using the CDC COVID-19 Self-Checker, please contact Toiyabe or your healthcare provider. If you have severe symptoms, like difficulty breathing or chest pain, immediately call 911 or the nearest emergency facility.