May 2, 2018 – Asheville, NC – The hypotheses when we started DailyBreath was that weather converged with air pollution and pollen to raise the risk of a respiratory patient experiencing symptoms or, worse, breathing difficulty resulting in a respiratory attack. Evidence-based research supported by CASE Consultants International found studies that validated that there was an increase in symptoms and in negative health outcomes like ER visits when specific weather variable thresholds were met.
So, let’s take hot temperatures, high humidity, and winds. Our evidence showed that temperatures over 80 degrees, humidity over 50%, and winds over 5 mph, had a significant impact on pollen. The heat and humidity accelerate growth and thus pollen intensity. Obviously, winds have an impact on pollen dispersal. So, at the minimum DailyBreath is a learning system for triggers that will validate the hypothesis and the original parameters that determine the DailyBreath Risk Index.
Many a time, I have heard an asthma specialist say, ‘if you’ve seen one asthma patient, you’ve seen one asthma patient’, the idea that no two asthma patients are alike in the way they experience their condition. This is a glimpse into the unique sensitivity they have to specific triggers and the individual susceptibility they have to specific exposures or changes. So, in the case of heat and humidity, is a patient more vulnerable to 80-degree temperatures, or 85 degrees, or in the case of humidity, is it 50%, or is it a lower threshold.
As for winds, when we researched the evidence for the correlation of weather variable thresholds impacting air pollution and/or pollen, I was surprised to see that winds even over 5 mph had an impact on pollen presence. As I’ve viewed the DailyBreath Risk Index for various locations over the last six months since DailyBreath was launched in the App Store last October, I’ve noticed that this pattern is noticeably apparent. However, we don’t really know how impactful 15 mph winds versus 5 mph winds, because we don’t have enough data. It’s only through the collection of data associated with actual symptoms or flare-ups, that we’ll begin to understand that variable impact. Is it strong gusts or steady, prevailing winds, or both, that have a greater impact on disturbing pollen and dispersing it in a manner that causes greater risk to those with allergic asthma?
These are the questions that DailyBreath is aimed at answering as a learning system for triggers and thus an asthma warning system based on the outdoor conditions asthma patients will encounter where they live or where they are going during their day. Download DailyBreath from the App Store and start this journey and your contribution to this learning system for triggers so that you may ensure ‘that even one life breathes easier.’
Authored by Eric Klos, CEO, HEALTHeWeather, and innovator of DailyBreath, which helps others avoid asthma attacks. If you suffer from allergies or asthma, or are a caregiver of one who does, please TEXT ‘dbnow’ to 41411 to download DailyBreath from the Apple iTunes App store. If you are an Android user, sign up here to receive the Android version when it becomes available in the future.