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The New Allergy Season

The New Allergy Season

2021 May 20th

Pollen levels have been on the rise since 1990 across the United States and Canada causing allergy season to start earlier and end later than it used to. Some scientific studies claim climate change is partly to blame with pollen loads being 21% higher since 1990 which can cause issues for sufferers of allergies. The most common signs of allergies are congestion, headaches, itchy eyes, runny nose, scratchy throat and sever sinus problems. For some people, allergy season usually starts in late March early April but is now starting to hit sooner in early February with the blooming of new plants and trees. The reason scientists believe climate change is to blame is because when the Earth gets warmer, it causes plants and animals to start the pollen process earlier and plants and trees produce more pollen with an increase in carbon dioxide. Roughly 65% of early pollen can be blamed on the warmer Earth and 8% can be blamed on climate change since the early 2000s.

Why is this so important?

Well, pollen is a big risk factor when it comes to allergic diseases like asthma and hay fever which cause a loss in productivity among workers and creates a longer recovery process for individuals to get healthy again. Even just regular allergy symptoms can cause someone to feel so unwell that they need to call in sick or stay home and rest.

After a long cold winter no one wants to be trapped in the home hiding from pollen to help ease the allergies that they get so protections need to be used.

Steps to take in reducing allergy symptoms are taking allergy pills, keeping the windows closed in your house and car, and using a HEPA air filtration system to cleanse the air. Amaircare HEPA air filtration systems help to purify the air of pollutants by being 99.97% efficient at removing 0.3 microns in size from the air. This means that these filters are effective at removing pollen, molds, spores and dander from the air which helps you breathe in better air. With 3 stage filter technology that all Amaircare units come with, these filter units are a great way to help battle allergy season.

Resources:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/science/allergies-climate-change-1.5906672#:~:text=Science-,Allergy%20season%20starts%20earlier%2C%20lasts%20longer%2C%20gets%20worse%20with%20climate,a%20new%20study%20has%20found.