“Will our masks that we wear for COVID help us with the wildfire smoke here?” they asked. The cloth masks we’re using to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus don’t offer much protection from wildfire smoke. Although cloth masks can block the respiratory droplets that the virus travels on, they’re not an efficient barrier against the infinitely smaller particulates in wildfire smoke. -- The wildfire smoke question actually contains the answer to another reader’s mask question. As with all allergies, people living with alpha gal syndrome need to be alert to all potential triggers.