Allergy sufferers beware.
Smoke in the air will make you frail.
It's just that simple.
Delane McGarvey, environmental health director for the Davis County Health Department, said while the air quality right now is rated at yellow, people are responding like it's red.
"It's an additive effect," he said of the co-existence of ozone, particulates and allergens.
"People may be feeling a little bit worse than the department of air quality is saying they should," McGarvey said. "To them, it's unhealthy to an increased level."
Joe Anderson, a board-certified allergist with Intermountain Allergy in Ogden, said his clinic already was seeing a 50 percent increase in its caseload of those with allergy problems over other years at this same time.
Those who are coming are in more severe situations, he said. Add to that the smoke and poor air quality of late and Anderson doesn't expect to get a chance to rest soon.
Anderson explained adding a smoke irritant to the combination when someone is already suffering from allergies like this: "It's kind of like when you have an abrasion on your arm and you spilled some chlorine in it."
He said people with sensitive nasal passages will experience more inflammation for a longer period of time.
"If they are further exposed, say next week, a small amount of pollens that normally wouldn't cause symptoms will cause them," he said.
"Just a few grains of pollen can cause problems in this situation."
And there are much more than tiny amounts of irritants polluting your air intake.
In fact, if grass is your poison, you are not going to get relief soon, Anderson said.
"Grass is having a second pollination right now," he said. "Usually grass is just pollinating in the spring and summer."
He said the extra rains in June are to blame for that.
"People with fall allergies are paying for that little respite we had in June," he said.
Also high right now are ragweed and sagebrush, which are pollens that come out during the fall of the year, Johnson said.
"There is a whole new group of people who are starting to have trouble," Johnson said of those who are allergic to ragweed and sagebrush.
The extra pollens as well as the bad air are a recipe for sore throats, irritated eyes and sinus infections.
And if that picture isn't glum enough, add to that the beginning of the flu season, McGarvey said.
"(Poor) air quality would exacerbate these problems too," he said.
"Two thousand and nine is turning out to be an interesting year."
While his department has not noted any increase in school or work absences in Davis since this bout of poor air quality began over the weekend, he also knows that such statistics could change.
Neither Johnson nor McGarvey predict relief soon.
"Until we have a storm front with moisture, we are going to have these combined conditions," McGarvey said.
Neither man is a meteorologists, but both say their understanding of what's being said by those who are tells them that no rain is expected soon.
Air-quality experts say aside from Mother Nature doing her job, area residents can do their part in keeping air pollution to a minimum by driving less and repairing their vehicles when needed to reduce emissions.
"It's very important that people help us out," said Lori Buttars, public information officer with the Weber-Morgan Health Department.
"People can save money by getting their car maintained and in compliance with the standards," she said.
"If all else fails, take the train or the bus whenever you can."
"We try to get people to think about not driving," said Donna Kemp Spangler, public information officer with the Utah Department of Environmental Air Quality.
Spangler also encourages area residents, particularly those who are old, young or sensitive to air quality, to stay indoors as much as they can, especially during the heat of the day when pollution is at its highest.
She suggests exercising in the early morning or in the evening when the smoke and particulates have dispersed.