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Scientists expect allergy seasons to continue worsening with climate change
The current trajectory of seasonal allergies has meaningful consequences on public health and well-being. Between 10% and 30% of the world’s population is affected by hay fever, and the prevalence is rising. Photo by mcfarlandmo/Wikimedia Commons Scientists have long known that as the Earth warms due to climate change, plants produce more pollen, making allergy season longer and more pronounced.
Now, a new survey finds that hay fever sufferers are increasingly taking notice.
In a poll of more than 2,000 U.S. adults conducted by the Harris Poll in partnership with HealthDay, only 1 in 3 reported receiving an official hay fever diagnosis from a doctor, but 3 in 4 said they have experienced seasonal allergy symptoms.
For most of these individuals, seasonal sneezing is no walk in the park — 74% said their symptoms negatively impact their overall quality of life. And according to Kathy Steinberg, vice president at the Harris Poll, “Other points in the survey suggest that the situation is only going to get worse.”
As part of the survey, these 1,500 or so allergy-suffering respondents rated how much they agree or disagree with a list of statements, including: “I feel like my seasonal allergies are getting worse every year.”