If you’ve lived here for any length of time, you’ll know that red tide is almost a seasonal thing in south Florida; usually happening once or twice a year. It’s unfortunate that we can’t completely enjoy our Florida beaches especially since our region of Florida is almost entirely open for business despite the Coronavirus.
The Florida Department of Health has issued a health alert in Lee County due to a red tide bloom in Southwest Florida.
Some people may have mild and short-lived respiratory symptoms such as eye, nose and throat irritation similar to cold symptoms. Some individuals with breathing problems such as asthma might experience more severe symptoms. Usually, symptoms go away when a person leaves the area or goes indoors. Health officials recommend that people experiencing these symptoms stay away from beach areas or go into an air-conditioned space. If symptoms do not subside, please contact your health care provider for evaluation.Source: winknews.com
Basically, they’re saying that if you have any respiratory concerns to stay away from the beaches. Also, don’t let your dogs swim in the water or eat any fish or mollusks harvested during red tide.