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Breaking News: Health Advisory for Contra Costa County

Last updated: November 10, 2018, 12:38 pm

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District reports that parts of our county have unhealthy air due to smoke. Please follow the following tips to protect yourself and your loved ones. Everyone, especially children, should reduce outdoor activity. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease such as asthma, should avoid prolonged outdoor activity. Masks are not a substitute for staying indoors. Masks such as the N-95 are not effective for untrained users and may be dangerous for people with lung or heart conditions. N-95 masks may be helpful for people who must work outdoors if properly fitted. Employees should work with their employers for direction on when/how to use N-95 masks. Seek medical attention if you experience symptoms like repeated coughing, difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness, palpitations, nausea, fatigue or lightheadedness. Visit cchealth.org for smoke tips and airnow.gov for air quality in your area

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Body Art and Body Piercing

Tattooing and piercing are popular forms of body art. Tattooing is the insertion of pigment into human skin tissue using a needle. The California Safe Body Art Act established statewide minimum standards for the regulation of tattoo, piercing, and permanent cosmetic businesses. Businesses that do only ear piercing are not covered by this law.

These standards are intended to protect both the practitioner and customer from infectious diseases by ensuring sanitary procedures, including the use of sterile equipment. Contra Costa Environmental Health enforces the Safe Body Art Act throughout the county.

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