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Haze hasn’t sent any to hospital

The recent haze at Lake Tahoe has likely bothered many people’s views, but it hasn’t affected a lot of people’s health, according to medical officials.

Norma Corder, spokeswoman for Barton Memorial Hospital, said neither the institution’s emergency room nor community clinic saw an increase of patients with respiratory problems where the cause could be attributed to smoke in the air.

Between the clinic and emergency room, medical personnel saw only three cases during the latest haze spell where asthmatics said “they were suffering just a little more than normal,” Corder said.

Dr. Brian Romaneschi, an ear, nose and throat specialist in South Lake Tahoe, said this is the time of year when allergies are the most bothersome to people anyway. He said he didn’t know if the smoke in the air has caused any additional irritations for his patients with allergies.

Stephen Drogin, El Dorado County health officer, said a big reason there have been no problems is people at Tahoe have avoided physical activity during the smoky periods.

“People have just used common sense, and we haven’t had to tell them the obvious, which is don’t exercise or do a lot of activities outdoors when there’s smoke,” he said.

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