While COVID-19 is the topic of the day, when it comes to what I do, allergies and asthma and chemical sensitivities have been effecting my customers for a very long time, and will continue to effect them when COVID-19 is in our rear view mirror (doesn't that sound good...and it will be in our rear view mirror, though probably never forgotten).
Each day around 10 Americans dies from Asthma attacks. Each year 200,000 Americans require Emergency medical care for allergic reactions to food. Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in America according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
When I am doing an inspection/testing for a customer I am always trying to put together a Symptoms Timeline (if there are reported symptoms). "When did you first start experiencing that?"
Unfortunately, for a lot of people it started the day they moved in or shortly after. When you are buying a house, or selecting an apartment/house to buy, or even interviewing for a job, probably the last thing on your mind is "will this place make me sick?" For some people after a bad experience it is the first thing on their mind.
I think that in the perfect world there would be a partnership between the medical community and the building science/healthy homes community to help people avoid problems not by chance, but by making informed choices. Right now that partnership happens when the two communities meet at the intersection inhabited by one customer who has been trying everything to feel better.
I think the two communities have some inherent distrust of each other, and members of both communities have created that atmosphere.
But I think together the medical and building science communities can do much more for our clients/patients than we will ever be able to do separately! Let's do this!
Blood testing for allergies is sometimes performed instead of skin tests. The experts at WebMD tell you why.