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Webinar! COVID-19, Pollution, Worsening Pollen Seasons: How Much More Can We Take?

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By Ronit Margulies on December, 17 2020

In this session, our Chief Scientist Dr. Gabriela Adler & allergenic pollen investigator, Dr. Daniel Katz, explore the impact of worsening pollen seasons and the growing need to provide sensitive groups with actionable environmental information.

Why We Held this Webinar

For sensitive groups like those with respiratory problems or allergic asthma, it is critical to monitor exposure to both pollen and air pollution in order to effectively manage symptoms. Unfortunately many within these groups still don't have access to comprehensive environmental information because:

  • Solution providers often miss the connection between pollen and air pollution, providing only half of the picture.

  • Sufferers are unaware that this information is available and that it can help prevent symptom exacerbation through trigger avoidance.

  • Pollen monitoring is complex. The frequently misunderstood characteristics of seasonality makes the use of pollen data for many businesses seem beyond reach.

  • As if this wasn’t enough, climate change, complex seasonality and the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted pollen-sensitive groups even further. 


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What We Covered

1. The Connection Between Air Pollution & Pollen 

This is an area of very active research. In the session we examine the connection between air pollution and pollen to determine how certain pollutants can increase the spread of pollen grains as well as increase the allergenicity of pollen.


In light of new findings and continued research, its important we look only at pollen levels for sensitive populations and at other environmental factors to fully understand seasonal allergy.

2.Why it's Getting Harder to Predict Pollen Season

Climate change affects pollen production and the seasonality of plants, which is bad news for the worst pollen offenders such as ragweed. As the climate changes, plants respond to the changing temperatures and flowering becomes more erratic, making it harder to predict exactly when pollen season is likely to arrive.

3.The Importance of Delivering Personalized Treatment (especially during COVID-19)

We can't ignore what has happened this year. As fear of COVID-19 contagion swept the world there has been a lot of chaos surrounding symptom confusion, especially among seasonal allergy sufferers. How could personalized healthcare approaches improve the experience of sensitive groups in the future?

4. Q&A Session 

At the end of the webinar session, we held a lively Q&A session. For the answers to these questions and unmissable insights, listen back to the session below!

 

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