BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Code Orange Air Quality Alert was issued for the Baltimore metro area Monday.

The following areas are under this alert: Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard and Anne Arundel counties, plus Baltimore City.

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A Code Orange Air Quality Alert means that air pollution concentrations may become unhealthy for sensitive groups — including children, people suffering from asthma, heart disease or lung disease — and the elderly.

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The effects of air pollution can be minimized by avoiding strenuous activity or exercise outdoors.

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