Bushfire asthma toll shows need for revised public health approaches

People with asthma were unable to protect themselves against bushfire-smoke induced asthma attacks despite following public health advice, a report from Asthma Australia has found. The long duration and intensity of the bushfires in late 2019 and early 2020 resulted in more than 400 respiratory deaths, 2,000 respiratory hospitalisations and 1,300 ED presentations for asthma, ...

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