(A)Particulate matter and wildfire smoke pose a threat to a range of body organs such as the heart and lungs. There is a range of health problems that arise from long-term exposure to an environmental health concern. Some of the problems include premature death for patients suffering from either lung or heart disease, nonfatal heart attacks, and irregular heartbeat (Liu, et al., 2017). Some individuals develop chronic obstructive lung disease, chronic bronchitis, chronic respiratory disease, aggravated asthma, decreased lung function, coughing, difficulty in breathing, and irritation in the airways (Haikerwal, et al., 2016). Therefore, the ability of the nurse to understand the relationship between the community environment and disease occurrence is beneficial for accurate, patient-centered diagnosis and treatment.
(B)Red tide is a very interesting health concern topic, and can affect a great amount of individuals who live in Florida because of the amount of local beaches, and people who fish and recreationally harvest what they catch themselves. Marine Laboratory and Aquarium states, “Mote Marine Laboratory studies have shown that airborne red tide toxins can travel up to a mile inland, depending on the wind direction and other weather patterns. That means, even if you are a few blocks away from the beach, the toxins could still be affecting you” (Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, n.d.). This is important to know because “breathing in aerosols” does not just mean breathing it in at the beach, but also places near the beach. Marine Laboratory and Aquarium explains how it is safe to eat shellfish from restaurants because they are closely monitored by state agencies for shellfish safety; however, recreational catches are not permitted. When it comes to fish, it is safe to eat if they are filleted. Toxins may accumulate in the fish guts; however, these are cleaned out before cooked (Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, n.d.).