What’s a haboob? …. the fascinating vocabulary of growing climate threats!

Asheville, NC – August 6, 2018 – Because of my focus on personalizing exposure health for allergy and asthma sufferers, I survey daily the many articles related to the weather, climate and the environment as it impacts health broadly, but specifically, respiratory conditions.  What’s fascinating is the vocabulary that is emerging in the mainstream because phenomena previously perceived as occasional are now more regularly occurring.

While wildfires in California, a result of hot and dry conditions, are front and center every day in the news, those same hot temperatures and dry conditions with the addition of winds created a phenomena called ‘Haboob’ to emerge in Phoenix, AZ, recently.

Recent haboob in Phoenix, Arizona. NWS PHOENIX

For those visiting Phoenix, I’m sure they experienced an Ethan Hunt moment (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol), “Yea, what is that?”

Similarly, we read articles about ‘Saharan dust’.  The ‘Saharan dust’ has been a curse and a blessing.  In a as far away as Florida and Texas, communities are seeing the effects of this dust that leaves a yellow haze.  Ironically that same dust effects the circulation of air that creates Atlantic storms that turn into hurricanes.  So, kind of a wash.

Excessive heat in the Southeast have had two other noticeable impacts recorded this summer in Florida.  On the southwest coast of Florida, many Floridians are seeing a ‘red tide causing many wildlife casualties and, for those unfortunate to ingest the toxic water, severe stomach problems with no clear cause resulting in increased physician and ER visits.

And, finally, as noted in the referenced article above, another impact of the excessive heat and humidity is another form of toxic algae, often blue-green algae, which is pervasive in stagnant bodies of water, Lake Okeechobee.  Not only the water where the algae resides is toxic, but the algae bloom that grows disperses toxic gasses into the air that are carried by winds and can be problematic for respiratory patients.

These recurring climate/weather/environmental impacts threaten human health every day.  We must begin to understand the global impacts of climate and weather in one location and how it affects downstream people in other locations.  Our health system must begin to consider these environmental factors as their impact on patients with specific health conditions grows.  DailyBreath is pleased to be sponsoring Total Exposure Health 2018 as we explore exposure health and precision medicine and launch DailyBreath 2.0 in the fall.

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