May is Asthma Awareness Month!May 2, 2013 0 Comments
The EPA dedicates each May as Asthma Awareness Month to increase public awareness of the asthma epidemic. Did you know that asthma affects more than 25 million people across the nation, of all ages? As widespread as the asthma epidemic has become, the general public remains relatively limited in the knowledge of common triggers and effective asthma management strategies.
Asthma Awareness Month – Be in the know!
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 25.9 million people, including 7.1 million children, have asthma; and almost 14 million people have reported having an asthma attack in a recent government survey.
- The annual economic cost of asthma, such as direct medical costs, as well as indirect costs (i.e. lost school and work days) amount to more than $56 billion. Asthma accounts for more than 17 million outpatient and emergency department visits per year.
- Environmental factors such as indoor and outdoor allergens can trigger an asthma attack… Dust mites, molds, pet dander, and second hand smoke are among the top irritants.
- Indoor Air quality is vital. According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association ( NADCA), up to 40 pounds of dust is created annually through everyday living! Your HVAC system recirculates air five to seven times per day. Dust in the home and other air pollutants are pulled into your air ducts, attaching to walls; which builds up over time. An air duct cleaning helps maintain healthy air quality in your indoor environment.
- Asthma is Manageable! With a plan that includes medical treatment, and controlling environmental triggers, people with asthma can live healthy, active lives.
Lastly, the EPA asks that organizations and individuals get together to take action in communities across the nation to help create public awareness. Please see the Asthma Awareness Month Event Planning Kit for more educational information.
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