Many undocumented health problems discovered among those exposed to bushfire smoke

The physical and mental burden of prolonged exposure to bushfire smoke is vastly underestimated by official statistics that are based upon admissions into the health system, finds a large survey of residents affected by the widespread bushfires close to Canberra, Australia’s capital city, in the summer of late 2019 and early 2020. Improved knowledge in this area will improve initiatives that are aimed at building resilience among individuals and communities impacted by these catastrophic events.

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